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    05/14/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Wisconson Law Review ^ | 5/3/2011 3:24 PM | PAMELA SAMUELSON
    This Article explains that certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, contributed to Google’s willingness to undertake the Google Book Search (GBS) project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the lawsuit charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning in-copyright books. Approval of this settlement would achieve several copyright reforms that Congress might find difficult to accomplish, some of which would be in the public interest. This Article considers whether the quasi-legislative nature of the GBS settlement is merely an interesting side effect of the agreement or a reason in favor of or against approval...
  • Why was this Herman Cain article pulled from FR?

    05/08/2011 7:53:19 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 14 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8 May 2011 | Notary Sojac
    This article was pulled for copyright violation have searched the list of copyright complainants on the FR main page and "NorthStar Writers Group" is nowhere in evidence.Can I post this article?Can I link to it from within a thread?How can I point Freepers to the specific statements made by Herman Cain in this article, some of which he may now regret??
  • Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract [illegal through and through!!!]

    04/17/2011 7:50:00 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 4/17/11 | timothy
    Hugh Pickens writes "Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impoverished hobby bloggers, reporters, and the newspaper's own sources, for $150,000 each in damages and forfeiture of the sites' domain names, and the contents of the agreement could end up being ruinous for Righthaven's campaign of copyright lawsuits. The problem is that Stephens Media, the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, didn't actually assign any of the rights related to copyright to Righthaven except the right to sue — and...
  • Judge unseals Review-Journal/Righthaven contract

    04/15/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    VegasInc ^ | Friday 15 April 2011 4:41 p.m. | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday unsealed the agreement for prosecuting copyright infringement lawsuits between Righthaven LLC and Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC. As expected, the Jan. 18, 2010, Strategic Alliance Agreement shows the previously-confidential deal calls for Stephens Media to receive a cut of Righthaven's lawsuit proceeds, minus costs. That cut is 50 percent. Over the objections of Righthaven and Stephens Media, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt issued an order allowing the public to see the agreement allowing for copyrights from Stephens Media to be assigned to Righthaven for lawsuit purposes.
  • Shiny Pony Freaking-Out at the Prospect of Going to Prison: "I'd kill myself first!"

    04/07/2011 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Happier times... The National Enquirer -which first broke the Edwards/Hunter scandal in 2007- is now reporting that those close to the foolhardy egomaniac say he's lost 20lbs... is a "broken spirit" who's drinking heavily... and even entertains suicidal thoughts now that a trip to the Gray Bar Hotel seems possible- if not likely. Of particular concern is John Edward's former staffer Andrew Young, who's actually got an Edwards "sex tape" -for which Rielle Hunter is now suing- and wrote a book (published in February) regarding a cover-up that once had him claiming to be father of Edwards' and Hunter's love...
  • Copyright Troll Opens Floodgates to Mass Reposting

    03/24/2011 12:26:28 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 9 replies
    Technologhy Review MIT ^ | 03/23/2011 | Christopher Mims
    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...
  • Righthaven lawsuits backfire, reduce protections for newspapers

    03/19/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 19, 2011 | Steve Green
    One year ago, U.S. newspapers and broadcasters could feel confident they controlled the news content they created. It was understood that competing and special-interest websites couldn't appropriate that content and post it without authorization. When such infringements occurred, they were dealt with swiftly and effectively with a simple phone call or email. Infringing websites typically had re-posted material out of ignorance they were violating the Copyright Act and agreed to remove the material or replace it with a link to the source newspaper or broadcaster. Then along came Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the self-appointed protector of the newspaper industry...
  • Righthaven loses second fair use ruling over copyright lawsuits

    03/18/2011 6:55:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. | By Steve Green
    An Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal story on its website, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a hearing he planned to dismiss, on fair use grounds, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), in Portland, Ore. The lawsuit was filed last year by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner that also enforces copyrights for the Denver Post.
  • Copyright lawsuit defendant hits Righthaven with counterclaim

    02/26/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    A group of South Carolina attorneys is putting up the stiffest resistance yet to a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit, threatening Friday to press for sanctions against Las Vegas-based Righthaven and to hit it with a malicious prosecution claim. Righthaven is a company that has filed at least 239 copyright infringement lawsuits since March over copyrights it obtained from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. The South Carolina attorneys filed a counterclaim Friday in Charleston, S.C., federal court against Righthaven that, among other things, accuses Righthaven of violating South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act when it sued Dana...
  • Righthaven appealing fair-use ruling in copyright infringement case

    02/15/2011 8:53:45 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an order dismissing one of its lawsuits on fair use grounds. Righthaven, which sues over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material, has since March sued at least 238 website operators and message-board posters, charging they displayed on their websites material from those newspapers without authorization. In October, the litigation campaign suffered a setback when U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno dismissed a lawsuit against Las Vegas real estate agent Michael Nelson. Hicks found the online posting by Nelson of the...
  • Righthaven extends copyright lawsuit campaign to individual Web posters

    01/13/2011 11:42:25 AM PST · by mnehring · 107 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is now suing individual message-board posters, not just website operators... ..An attorney for Righthaven on Wednesday said those notices (DCMA) don't apply to individual website users who violate copyrights by posting material online without authorization.
  • Las Vegas's copyright crapshoot could maim social media [Righthaven]

    01/06/2011 10:55:27 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies · 2+ views FORTUNE ^ | January 6, 2011 | By John Patrick Pullen,
    Righthaven founder Steve Gibson is going after copyright infringers using the murky legal definition of fair use to power a sue-first strategy. Yet with sharing tools booming online, could clicking a Like button lead to a lawsuit? Every year billions in wagers are laid down in the gambling halls of Las Vegas. Last spring, however, one local company, Righthaven LLC, started a new game by betting on the unlikeliest of entities in the local courts — print media. By aggressively suing alleged copyright infringers, Righthaven has taken the shooter position in an consequential game of craps that is sure to...
  • German kindergartens told to pay before they sing

    12/29/2010 9:26:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 10+ views
    Google | AFP ^ | 12/28/10
    German kindergartens told to pay before they sing BERLIN — A body representing German musicians found itself accused of Scrooge-like meanness on Tuesday after pressing kindergartens to pay up for singing songs that are protected by copyright. The GEMA, the German musical copyright monitoring body, has written to 36,000 of the nursery schools telling them they have to fork out to photocopy song texts and to keep a proper record of which ones are sung. Kindergartens and MPs were incensed, with the mass-circulation Bild daily calling the move "bureaucratic madness." A spokeswoman for the Paritaetischer Wohlfahrtsverband Hamburg, an association representing...
  • Update on Internet content stealing [LVRJ/Righthaven caught doing same thing as Drudge]

    12/10/2010 1:32:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal | Dec 10, 2010 | Posted by Sherman Frederick, Champion of copyright troll, Righthaven Fair use quotes: "How dare newspapers try to protect their unique content. It is ours to use for free." Or, at least that's how I read this "report" from Mike Masnick of "TechDirt". The writer concludes: "Still, all this is doing is making me wonder why anyone would ever want to use any Righthaven connected publication as a source ever again." If when he says "use" he means "use without permission", then I agree with him. End Sherman Frederick quotes. In the meantime, Sherman Frederick posts copyrighted material to his own blog hosted by the Las Vegas Review Journal:...
  • Copyright Troll Righthaven's Number One Supporter Caught Putting Infringing Material On His Own Blog

    12/10/2010 12:15:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    TechDirt ^ | 12/10/10 | Mike Masnick
    Former Las Vegas Journal Review publisher and Stephens Media CEO Sherman Frederick was the main champion behind Righthaven. Early on he was the one who explained (in bizarre, nonsensical terms) why the LVRJ was funding and supporting Righthaven, and mocked those who pointed out the ridiculousness of his position. Part of his reasoning was that putting copyright infringing content on your website or blog is absolutely no different than stealing the Corvette out of his driveway. Even if we ignore how this is completely wrong (someone copying content doesn't remove that content from his site, and he still has the...
  • Righthaven sues for control of Drudge Report Domain (INFOWAR)

    12/10/2010 11:56:05 AM PST · by dila813 · 44 replies
    Twitter @Drudgereport ^ | 12/10/2010 | Eriq Gardner
    You have to go through Google because of posting rules.
  • HOSTS File Blocklist of RIGHTHAVEN Clients as of Dec 5 2010

    12/10/2010 11:46:46 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Dec 10 2010 | JerseyHighlander
    Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal to sue 'mom and pop' websites, as well as nonprofit, political action, public interest, writers, and forum board operators for copyright violations. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue hundreds and thousands of these websites and counts on the fact that many are unfunded and will be forced to "settle out of court." All cases are being filed in a Nevada Federal Court and must be fought in this jurisdiction. You are not safe from Righthaven if you are out-of-state. - How Do...
  • Righthaven: Obama Ties To Copyright War Deepen

    12/09/2010 11:27:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/10 | staff
    Bloggers already know of the association between Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson. The latter's Righthaven firm has launched a legal war on websites over alleged copyright infringement. All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Gibson and Michelle Obama coincidentally specialized in copyright-related "intellectual property" law for the firm. I've just uncovered a further Obama link to this new copyright war. Just two weeks ago Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC acquired Steven Gibson's Las Vegas-based legal firm of Gibson Lowry Burris LLP, with Gibson becoming managing partner of what is now Dickinson's Las Vegas office.
  • Drudge Report owner sued by Righthaven

    12/09/2010 10:48:17 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies · 2+ views ^ | Dec 9, 2010 | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC on Wednesday filed its second copyright infringement lawsuit over Denver Post material, this time suing a big target: Drudge Report operator Matt Drudge. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada, charges a Nov. 18 Denver Post "illustration" called "Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs" was posted without authorization the same day on the Drudge Report website as well as the site. A court exhibit, however, indicates the illustration is actually a Denver Post photograph of a TSA officer patting down a passenger at Denver International Airport. Righthaven usually sues...
  • Associated Press Chairman Signs Up For Righthaven, Begins Suing Bloggers

    12/07/2010 11:56:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec 7th, 2010 | by Mike Masnick
    Well, well, well. Remember back when the Associated Press threatened bloggers for quoting snippets of AP articles? Is the organization considering dipping its toes in the Righthaven waters? The Las Vegas Sun reports that Righthaven has signed up Media News as a client and has sued a blogger on behalf of the Denver Post, after the blogger apparently reposted a Denver Post column by Mike Rosen (with a link and credit). This is interesting for a few different reasons. First, it was just a few weeks ago that the Denver Post published a cryptic "reminder" about copyright that had a...