Skip to comments.Copyright Troll Opens Floodgates to Mass Reposting
Posted on 03/24/2011 12:26:28 AM PDT by Bobalu
Las Vegas-based lawfirm Righthaven has been suing everyone from bloggers to commenters -- anyone who has posted even a portion of the text or images to which it owns the rights. Righthaven doesn't actually make anything, they just buy the rights to stories and images that have gone viral on the web.
Now, according to the Las Vegas Sun, Righthaven has scored what Ars Technica aptly describes as an "own goal": Not only did a Federal judge reject Righthaven's case against the non-profit Center for Intercultural Organizing, the judge also declared that non-profits may re-print entire articles from news outlets under certain circumstances.
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Hoist by their own petard, it seems.
Jolly good, wot?
Will they be merging soon with the Westboro “Baptist” Church, Charlie Sheen and WikiLeaks?
It’s lawyers such as these that give the honest three percent of attorneys a bad name.
Wronghaven got itself into an interesting pickle, and it wasn’t even raised by the defense attorney, but by the judge.
Seems that a factor under fair use is the impact on the market for the work in question. Wronghaven doesn’t market anything; it just buys copyrights on works that will no longer see print. (If a newspaper intended to reprint the work, it would of course want to keep the rights, not sell them to Wronghaven or anybody else.) So, having no market for the works it has bought the rights to, it is difficult to say its market has been horned in on.
Have you any proof of that large a group?
"honest attorney" = oxymoron
Olbermann has more viewers then there are honest attorneys.