[I figure if I watch just the LVJ 6 months I should be able to find something worth several million bucks.]
An interesting hypothetical is who would allow themselves to be interviewed by LVRJ once they know that this is going on? Any friend of those interviewed who linked or mailed or posted it on their website would be subject to legal action. This has to eventually dry up the pool of sources,
both the powerful and the mom and pop.
Say you are a restaurant and they do an article on te five top Restaurants and you are one of them. Kiss of death to be interviewed much less send that article to your clients.
They could all be sued.
The electronic age manifest as the internet makes this process possible ~ the "owner of a copyright" can search the net quickly and easily to see if his stuff has been copied.
20 years ago that wasn't possible unless you had access to a university level library periodicals collection. Then you could do research to see if someone was ripping off your stuff ~ easily done by hiring students.
So, why didn't this sort of thing take place? Well, for one, it was a tad cumbersome. Secondly someone had already done it and discovered that the second you take out after your audience you quickly lose that audience, and in the periodicals business, your friends ~
You also get watched more closely and one of your competitors will recognize the behavior as the sign of impending bankruptcy (or since this periodical is owned by a large financial interest with huge resources, simple liquidation and sale of the residual to some sucker).
Once your competitors know your status they'll begin reporting you to the USPS as someone who might maybe oughta probably be misrepresenting circulation figures ~ they also report that to ABC.
You lose advertisers ~ as well as subscribers ~ as word spreads of your impending dissolution.
So, there's nothing new about the Righthaven deal it's just that history has demonstrated time and again that it is UNWISE in the extreme.
Someone noted that the LVSun has some similar ownership, but they are not covering up this story ~ they are behaving the same as every other chief editor/publisher does when he detects a competitor failing.
With the geniuses of Righthaven on the job a restauranter would undoubtedly get sued for his menu!