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RightHaven Ramping Up Its Copyright Trolling Business
Tech Dirt ^ | 23 July 2010

Posted on 07/26/2010 6:06:27 PM PDT by Lorianne

We've written a couple of times about RightHaven, the new operation set up by the publisher of the Las Vegas Journal Review to shakedown any site that reposts its stories. There were some oddities in the way RightHaven was acting, starting with the fact that it gives no warning to sites and doesn't send a DMCA takedown. It goes straight to suing... and then quickly demands a settlement fee. Of course, most of the sites its suing aren't competitors to the LVJR at all. In fact, they're usually organizations or people written about by the newspaper, who want to post the publicity -- with links back to the original -- on their own sites. In many cases, it would seem that they have pretty strong fair use claims, but fighting a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court is expensive, which is exactly what RightHaven is counting on.

Wired is now running a profile of Righthaven, where the company's CEO (who was or is the general counsel for LVJR) is pretty upfront that this has nothing, whatsoever, to do with stopping infringement. It's entirely a way to squeeze money out of people. And he's rapidly expanding. Apparently, he's filing new lawsuits every day, and the publisher of the LVJR has given him the right to sue on behalf of other newspapers he publishes, while they look to sign up other publishers as well. This is, clearly, a blatant abuse of copyright law, and not at all what the law intended to do. Between this and the shenanigans of US Copyright Group, is it really too much to ask that the courts or Congress recognize that copyright law is being blatantly abused in a quasi-shakedown system?

Along those lines, JC was the first of a few of you to point to a blogger who was just sued by Righthaven. Because of this, the blogger has taken down their entire blog, because it now represents too big a liability. Again, this is not what copyright law is supposed to be for.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
Lots of embedded links in the article Ironically, cannot post original Wired article about this due to copyright issues ... sheesh.
1 posted on 07/26/2010 6:06:28 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

This sounds very similar to the Getty Images extortion scam that is being pulled now.

2 posted on 07/26/2010 6:24:58 PM PDT by Finatic ("you see kids were so much wiser after the wars")
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To: Lorianne

I’m not a law-talking guy, but I wonder if it would be possible for all the entities being sued by RightHaven to file a class-action anti-SLAPP lawsuit against RH, claiming that RH is unfairly trying to limit their ability to exercise their First Amendment rights to discuss political subjects in the public arena.

3 posted on 07/26/2010 6:36:15 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (The success of Darwinism was accompanied by a decline in scientific integrity. - Dr. Wm R. Thompson)
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To: Lorianne

Don’t forget SCOx (cough** M$***Cough) vs. IBM, Novell and Linux, in general.

4 posted on 07/26/2010 6:41:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Finatic

This will end badly

5 posted on 07/26/2010 6:50:42 PM PDT by grandpa jones (Obama must be exhausted, having to tote that giant brain of his around all the time.)
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To: Paladin2
Don’t forget SCO

I don't remember seeing anything about that in months. Apparently, they are still flogging that dead horse.

Looks like they have just appealed to the 10th Circuit.

SCO files appeal of March Unix decision
Updated Jul 9, 2010

I'm still cheering for IBM against Microsoft in that litigation.

6 posted on 07/26/2010 6:54:15 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Lorianne

I believe the lawsuits would fail in a court because one could argue that lacking previous complaints by the LVRJ about unauthorized use, their Internet business plan was previously to encourage people to quote them. Changing business plans in mid stream without notice would then be extortion.

7 posted on 07/26/2010 7:24:33 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on written by me!))
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To: Lorianne

For those not aware, these are the same jerks who are suing FR.

Interestingly, one of the reasons that Fred Phelps (yes, that Fred Phelps) was disbarred was for pulling essentially this stunt: Filing frivolous lawsuits and offering to settle with the victims for less than the cost of defending themselves.

8 posted on 07/27/2010 1:55:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

There is a strong connection between the Obama’s and Righthaven in Sidney Austin LLP, a Chicago law firm.

9 posted on 07/27/2010 5:09:35 AM PDT by milkncookies (Molon Labe)
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To: milkncookies

Really? Please tell me more.

10 posted on 07/27/2010 7:55:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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