Skip to comments.Political Forum (DemocraticUnderground) Fights Back Against Righthaven Copyright Suit
Posted on 09/28/2010 12:24:34 PM PDT by rface
Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Winston & Strawn LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven on August 10 for a five-sentence excerpt of a Las Vegas Review-Journal news story that a user posted on the forum.........
"Democratic Underground is the largest independent discussion forum for liberals on the Internet. (Several) people discuss and debate political issues on our site every day, particularly now during erection season. Online discussion often requires quoting from news sources -- a legal fair use of the material," said Democratic Underground founder David Allen. "By targeting short excerpts of news articles with their sham copyright claims, Righthaven is chilling free and open discussion on the Internet."
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reminds me of WashPost FReeper lawsuit.....and how the DUmmies cheered.
please excuse any typos...
For the laugh...you're forgiven.
best typo in a long time... erection season.
“during erection season”
Why didn’t I get that memo?
Freud, Paging Dr. Freud..
IS THIS ANOTHER BARNEY FRANK THREAD?.................
I thought that was in the spring.
“Democratic Underground is the largest independent discussion forum for liberals on the Internet”
That’s not saying much.
And really it is unfair to say that when every APOLITICAL forum I’ve ever been on (music, films, social, etc.) has been threadhijacked by angry uberlibs with nutty conspiracy theories about Bush stealing elections, Cheney being a puppetmaster, 9-11 being an inside job, teabagger this, Beck that...
There are much bigger forums of liberals.
Erection season? Haha.
For a conservative, it is ‘coming’ this November...
Subtle Chi-com spam for viagr@.
It’s so hard figuring out this eRection season..
Have to agree with DU. LVRJ and Righthaven are simply trying a hail mary pass to some new revenue streams.
Well, I dunno......we were talking about DU after all.......................
Can’t laugh too hard on this one since Free Republic got sued by these Righthaven creeps too.
“cut/paste doesn’’t work too good.”
cut/paste doesn’t work too WELL
Erection season? We don't need no erections in our happy homeland................
It depends. Was it for more than 4 hours?
yea - saw that too. Maybe we could get together with the DUmmies and fight them together : )
It's the mating season in DU.
Communists will be check-mated this season.
As are BMI and ASCAP shaking down bars for having televisions on which MAY have a published song used on a tv program soundtrack or in a commericial.
DON'T LAUGH! IT IS REAL EMBARRASSING TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE OF THAT ..... 4 Hours and 25 minutes is a LONG TIME!
heh heh, he said erection heh heh...
I find myself cheering for DU. Of course I have to since FR was also targeted by these copyright trolls.
Did it happen to somebody you know?
If Ayatollah Abu Bama goes to the hospital for such a condition, the doctor has to use a magnifying glass to verify 0h0m0's claim!
Communism isn't for lovers!
Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) on Sat Night Live once did a commentary on “Presidential erections”
They must be somewhat conflicted over at DU.
After all, aren’t bloodsucking lawyers part of the Democrat’s core constituency?
Maybe now they’ll see why the evil right wing has been trying to get tort reform passed all these years over leftist obstruction.
Such has been the case for a long time. Bars that have televisions for patrons are making money by a public performance of the works of others. In the most egregious case, think of when they fill the bar to capacity by showing football games. BMI and ASCAP exist as copyright pooling sources, a license clears the bar owner for the public performance of these copyrighted works. The alternative would be to try to get permission from each copyright holder involved, which is an impossible proposition.
The actors and directors and owners of the tv show do NOT get ASCAP and BMI money. It is for the licensing of the music publishing ONLY.
I remember that... one of the funniest characters on the show ever. Remember when she went on and on about making Puerto Rico a Steak?
20 years history being “long time” whereas television has been around 63 years.
And conserving our national...racehorses!Don’t other kinds of horses need to be conserved too, like ponies or stallions? :)
Lots of folks say "cut/paste" when what they mean is, "copy/paste" too.
Agreed. I don’t have to like them to know when they are in the right.
You’re right, I was mixing up the music and TV. Still, the concept stands. If you are broadcasting copyrighted works in the furtherance of your business, then you need to pay the piper.
This needs to be combined into a class-action suit against LVJR and Righthaven. Fighting 1 on 1 is a losing proposition. By joining together, they will have the combined resources to hammer this bunch.
That wasn’t how the Supreme Court saw it when radio came along. Big Media had to buy legislation to protect their interests.
Years ago a buddy of mine worked for a sign company. Across the back of the crane truck it read;
“If you need an erection, call us”
Sometimes you just have to chuckle, acknowledge the post was hopelessly screwed up, and try again from square one.
DU also bans conservatives MUCH more rapidly than in the past. Just tried to sneak in ONE actual fact about taxes and BANG—banned for life!!
DU also bans conservatives MUCH more rapidly than in the past. Just tried to sneak in ONE actual fact about taxes and BANG—banned for life!! Perhaps I should have added some dirty words!!!
Radio was considered to be free promotion of music.The big outcry with radio was that it would make the musicians go broke and eliminate the need for live performances. That didn’t happen of course.
Radio stations had to pay into a fund (a tax as it were) to fund live music performances to ensure the continued employment of live musicians (dates back to the 1920s and still exists).
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