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Dismantling of Righthaven appears under way with loss of website
Vegasinc ^ | 12/22/12 | Steve Green

Posted on 12/22/2011 1:29:49 PM PST by Tom Hawks



The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver.

As noted by the Righthaven Victims website critical of Righthaven, the righthaven.com website on Thursday was no longer operational and that domain name was “parked” at domain name hoster GoDaddy.com — apparently so it can be auctioned.

Records at Network Solutions, which tracks domain names, showed control of Righthaven’s website domain name was transferred Wednesday to Randazza Legal Group, which represents Righthaven creditor Wayne Hoehn.

However, attorney Marc Randazza said that information was incorrect and that a court-appointed receiver, attorney Lara Pearson of the Rimon Law Group in the Reno area, had control of it.

“She will arrange an auction of it in order to satisfy some of Righthaven’s debts,” Randazza said.

Pearson added Thursday, “If all goes well, I intend to put the domain name up for auction before the holiday break begins tomorrow, though I have not yet made a firm decision as to where the domain will be auctioned.”

Righthaven since March 2010 has been suing websites and website users over unauthorized uses of Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material, alleging copyright infringement.

Several defendants including Hoehn fought back and defeated Righthaven in court.

After federal Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas found Righthaven lacked standing to sue Hoehn and that Hoehn was protected by fair use in his posting of an R-J column on a website message board, Hoehn was awarded his legal fees.

Righthaven has refused to pay those $63,720 in fees, causing the same judge to allow a receiver to auction Righthaven’s intellectual property including its copyrights and website name.

The loss of its copyrights could cripple Righthaven’s ability to sue over the copyrights it obtained from the newspapers — and to prosecute appeals of its courtroom defeats involving those copyrights in Nevada and Colorado.

(Excerpt) Read more at VEGASINC ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: copyright; dbm; obama; righthaven
A big win for the 1st Amendment rights of sites like Free Republic and bloggers.

Sometimes the good guys do win.

1 posted on 12/22/2011 1:29:54 PM PST by Tom Hawks
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To: Tom Hawks

awesome.


2 posted on 12/22/2011 1:35:30 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Tom Hawks

Glad to hear this.


3 posted on 12/22/2011 1:39:03 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Tom Hawks

Oh, it would be a sweet victory if a FReeper won the domain at auction and made it a conservative website. RightHaven would totally work for that purpose too :)


4 posted on 12/22/2011 1:41:57 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Tom Hawks
Copyright Trolls may be akin to ambulance chasers — but, that doesn't make copyright infringement a good thing. Creators of any sort of intellectual property have rights too. If there is no control over piracy, the motivation to create new intellectual property will diminish — to say nothing of the loss of the capital necessary to create the intellectual property.
5 posted on 12/22/2011 1:42:21 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Tom Hawks

Those guys caused a lot a pain for a lot of minor players on the web who were just writing a daily blog or some other innocuous behavior. This was a shotgun rampage by RightHaven and they didn’t care who got caught up in their frivolous net or who they hurt. I hope the countersuits keep coming and victims go after the attorneys involved personally. Those shysters need to be hounded to the ends of the earth.


6 posted on 12/22/2011 1:43:19 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Jim Robinson

Righthaven ping


7 posted on 12/22/2011 1:43:51 PM PST by PastorBooks
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Tom Hawks.


8 posted on 12/22/2011 1:44:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Boogieman

That’s a good idea if they don’t have a trademark on “Righthaven” or could lose it.


9 posted on 12/22/2011 1:46:01 PM PST by PastorBooks
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To: Tom Hawks

Good riddance to bad rubbage.


10 posted on 12/22/2011 1:46:51 PM PST by Track9
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To: SunkenCiv; OneVike

Much welcomed FRiend.

Hey OV, you may want to ping your list also.


11 posted on 12/22/2011 1:54:27 PM PST by Tom Hawks (Time to send the Muslim commie back to Africa)
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To: Jim Robinson

Righthaven RIP


12 posted on 12/22/2011 2:01:41 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: MrEdd

“awesome”

It would be considerably more awesome if somehow the defendants could go after the Las Vegas Review Journal and its owners. They are the people that were actually behind RightHaven!


13 posted on 12/22/2011 2:17:53 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Tom Hawks

Now this is a real Christmas Present.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 2:23:05 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
If there is no control over piracy, the motivation to create new intellectual property will diminish — to say nothing of the loss of the capital necessary to create the intellectual property.

Not true.

You'd have a lot more creativity, it just wouldn't be owned by the government/corporate cartel.

It no longer requires a huge capital investment to publish a book or a music album.

Granting an artificial monopoly to big corporations just because they can buy legislation granting them that monopoly is criminal.

15 posted on 12/22/2011 2:24:16 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: circlecity

Not only go after the attorneys, but also the newspapers who had “agreements” with them.

Since Righthaven never really owned the copyrights, the newspapers did. And aren’t they liable for the illegal actions?

Go after the Las Vegas scum who started this. They have assets.


16 posted on 12/22/2011 2:26:11 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
It is contented that it might be possible to diminish motivation to create new intellectual property, but where is the proof?

If the internet is used as an example of what really happens, it's pretty clear that the more writing space made available for people to write on the more writing will be done!

Frankly the age of "copyright" may well have come and gone. The Founders certainly never anticipated electronics.

17 posted on 12/22/2011 2:31:54 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tom Hawks

Merry Christmas!...............


18 posted on 12/22/2011 2:34:09 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Tom Hawks

Great to see those who actually fought back against these bloodsuckers getting the win on this.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 2:50:22 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Tom Hawks

Does this mean Jim is no longer on their Christmas card list?


20 posted on 12/22/2011 2:57:55 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: muawiyah
I was careful to use the term "intellectual property", rather than simply "writing".

It still costs megabucks to make a blockbuster movie. Creating the software programs that enable electronic publishing still costs hundreds of millions. For that matter, almost all of the cost of computer hardware is in the intellectual property embedded within it. A huge chunk of the economies of the U.S., and other western nations is in the form of intellectual property.

That doesn't mean that reform of the laws isn't required. Clearly, copyrights for books, music, etc. are for too long a period. Sites like FR should be able to post articles for comment. Also, people should be entitled to make backup copies of their music and movie collection. Just so long as there is sufficient remuneration to cover expenses, and pay the creators for their work.

When it comes to writing -- so much crap is being published that it is now worth paying not to see most of it.
21 posted on 12/22/2011 3:21:47 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Tom Hawks

Wow! This affects me big time regarding some writing I do. If newspapers are the record of account, how could you write a political expose?


22 posted on 12/22/2011 3:38:08 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Tom Hawks

Look for the erstwhile staff to be found chasing ambulances.


23 posted on 12/22/2011 3:39:22 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Big Pingeroo!


24 posted on 12/22/2011 3:49:17 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Tom Hawks

Awesome news for everyone, thanks for the heads up Tom.

This is especially great news for those of us here at FR. It was just a matter of time before they would have shut down sites like this if the courts failed to do their job. Well truth and justice has prevailed this time.

It’s also good news for all of us who do political commentary on news of the day on our blogs by gleaning what we can from the MSM as we filter away the crap to find the truth.

These Righthaven thugs were shaking down the little guys who could not fight back. I know it was the owners of the Las Vegas Review Journal who were behind this, but I am also convinced that if we could dig deep enough that we would find George Soros money and many familiar names from the higher ranks of the DNC.

We all need to stay on our toes and be wary of the continuing onslaught against our first amendment rights. The MSM wants us tho think that they and they alone should be the arbitrators of the news and thus the truth, but we will not let them.

We will prevail, because we cannot afford not to.


25 posted on 12/22/2011 4:53:08 PM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Tom Hawks; JesusBmyGod; buffyt; Whenifhow; rom; persistence48; Hanna548; DvdMom; leftyontheright; ..

Awesome news for everyone, thanks for the heads up Tom.

This is especially great news for those of us here at FR. It was just a matter of time before they would have shut down sites like this if the courts failed to do their job. Well truth and justice has prevailed this time.

It’s also good news for all of us who do political commentary on news of the day on our blogs by gleaning what we can from the MSM as we filter away the crap to find the truth.

These Righthaven thugs were shaking down the little guys who could not fight back. I know it was the owners of the Las Vegas Review Journal who were behind this, but I am also convinced that if we could dig deep enough that we would find George Soros money and many familiar names from the higher ranks of the DNC.

We all need to stay on our toes and be wary of the continuing onslaught against our first amendment rights. The MSM wants us tho think that they and they alone should be the arbitrators of the news and thus the truth, but we will not let them.

We will prevail, because we cannot afford not to.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 4:54:25 PM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Still, "writing" is the greater part of all intellectual property ~ so whatever laws are written must DEAL WITH WRITING FIRST.

Pictures will, no doubt, receive short shrift.

27 posted on 12/22/2011 4:56:35 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

The origins of “copyright.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensing_of_the_Press_Act_1662


28 posted on 12/22/2011 5:00:53 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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