Skip to comments.Lawyers argue R-J stories on Web arenít protected by copyright
Posted on 09/25/2010 9:16:08 AM PDT by redreno
By allowing people to read its stories online for free, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is essentially giving away those stories, and recipients of the articles are free to display them on their own websites.
At least thats the theory suggested by one of the latest group of lawyers to sign on to represent one of the website operators being sued for copyright infringement by the Review-Journals copyright enforcement partner, Righthaven LLC.
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I basically agree that, partly due tot he nature of the web, if you place information which can be freely viewed on the web then you should expect people to save copies of it to their hard drives, and possibly share it for free, content unchanged (or with comments placed in brackets). The main stipulation would be that the source must be accredited, and should not be used to make money without the owner’s permission.
Since you have class action suits is it possible to have something similar to this for the defendants? That way all the hoards of people being sued could band together and fight this transparent shake-down attempt by this rouge law firm.
I think that a far better tactic would be to go with the "fair use" exemption.
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