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  • Spain to force search engines to pay to display some conten

    02/22/2014 6:17:51 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 18, 2014 M | Reuters
    MADRID: News media companies in Spain will be able to charge search engines such as Google for displaying copyrighted content under a new law proposed by the Spanish government on Friday. The measure echoes similar drives around Europe. Publishers in Portugal, France, Belgium and Germany have pushed for compensation in some form or another for links, snippets, headlines and lead paragraphs that appear in news search engines and aggregators such as Google News and Yahoo! news. The search engines draw revenue from advertising placed near news content and media companies have fought for a share of it. The new rule...
  • AP wins big: Why a court said clipping content is not fair use

    03/23/2013 2:45:47 PM PDT · by PastorBooks · 30 replies
    paidcontent.org ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jeff John Roberts
    Link only due to the subject of the article.
  • Gibson remains CEO of Righthaven, appeals to continue

    11/01/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    vegas inc ^ | 31 October 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright lawsuit saga will continue indefinitely after a judge on Wednesday blocked efforts to have Righthaven's CEO fired and its appeals canceled. Righthaven is known for filing 275 no-warning lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. As a company, as opposed to being a law firm, Righthaven had acquired copyrights from the newspapers for lawsuit purposes. It sued individuals, companies and nonprofits it claimed infringed on the copyrights by posting content from the newspapers online without authorization. The company essentially shut down last year after judges in three...
  • Court tosses Righthaven fair use appeal

    08/08/2012 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    vegasinc.com ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | by Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright lawsuit company Righthaven LLC suffered another setback Wednesday when an appeals court dismissed one of its appeals. The dismissal was requested by the nonprofit Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) in Portland, Ore., which won a key fair-use ruling last year against Righthaven. The dismissal was granted Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which cited case law that appeared to back arguments by the CIO that Righthaven could no longer participate in the case since creditors had seized the copyrights it sues over. In layman’s terms, the CIO argued Righthaven no longer...
  • Herzfeld & Rubin Sues Beneficiary of Trust Over Online Postings About Firm

    07/07/2012 7:00:36 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | July 7, 2012 | Christine Simmons
    Herzfeld & Rubin has brought a lawsuit against a client's son whom the firm claims is attempting to defame the firm through online postings. Herzfeld & Rubin claims that Joel Leyden has "illegally appropriated" the law firm's name by registering a website with a domain name nearly identical to its own and posting fictitious news articles on other sites claiming the firm is accused of malpractice and has taken $80,000 in legal fees from a trust account. One of Joel's postings says the firm bullies and coerces like a mobster. "There is no malpractice and no case of malpractice," the...
  • Court Declares Newspaper Excerpt on Online Forum is a Non-Infringing Fair Use

    03/11/2012 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    EFF ^ | 3/12/2012 | EFF
    Late Friday, the federal district court in Nevada issued a declaratory judgment that makes is harder for copyright holders to file lawsuits over excerpts of material and burden online forums and their users with nuisance lawsuits. The judgment – part of the nuisance lawsuit avalanche started by copyright troll Righthaven – found that Democratic Underground did not infringe the copyright in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper article when a user of the online political forum posted a five-sentence excerpt, with a link back to the newspaper's website. Judge Roger Hunt’s judgment confirms that an online forum is not liable for...
  • Righthaven ordered to pay nearly $120,000 in attorney fees, court costs

    10/28/2011 1:49:25 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 28 oct 2011 | Steve Green
    Newspaper copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas was hit Wednesday with an order to pay $119,488 in attorney's fees and costs in its failed lawsuit against former federal prosecutor Thomas DiBiase. This was by far the largest fee award against Righthaven, but likely will be dwarfed by an upcoming award in Righthaven's failed suit against the Democratic Underground. Before Wednesday the largest fee award against Righthaven was for $34,045 — an amount Righthaven says it's having trouble paying or even posting a bond to cover. DiBiase has a website covering no-body murder cases, or cases where a...
  • Righthaven's Losing Streak Continues in Colorado

    09/28/2011 3:14:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    eff ^ | September 28th, 2011 | Julie Samuels
    In what is becoming a well-settled pattern, Righthaven again finds itself on the losing end of a motion, with its case thrown out and owing the defendant – here, Leland Wolf, proprietor of the It Makes Sense Blog – costs and attorneys' fees for bringing a baseless copyright case. The lawsuit, Righthaven v. Wolf, is also notable for being the leading case among more than 50 that were filed in Colorado. Pending a motion to dismiss, the Colorado court stayed the remaining cases. With this ruling, the court has hopefully rung the death knell for the other remaining live cases...
  • From the Ashes of Righthaven, the Promising Future of Digital Media

    09/13/2011 12:57:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Sept 12, 2011 | by Rainey Reitman and Kurt Opsahl
    Copyright troll Righthaven's flawed business model—suing hundreds of bloggers and small websites for dubious cases of alleged copyright infringement of newspaper articles—appears to be grinding to an inexorable finish. But even as the Righthaven cases prove that litigation isn't going to magically make print media profitable in the age of the Internet, a new generation of journalists and creators are adapting to the digital world—including one of Righthaven's former clients. Last week, reports were circulating that Righthaven was on "life support" after admitting that they aren't currently filing more lawsuits and are apparently teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Even...
  • Righthaven says it might have to file for bankruptcy

    09/09/2011 11:01:04 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    vegas.inc ^ | Sept 9, 2011 | By Steven Green
    Despite its backing by the billionaire Warren Stephens family, Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC warned today it may have to file for bankruptcy because of a series of setbacks in its litigation campaign. The warning came in an emergency request by Righthaven to a federal judge in Las Vegas that he stay his order that Righthaven pay $34,045 in legal fees to attorneys who successfully defended Kentucky message board poster Wayne Hoehn against a Righthaven lawsuit. Righthaven has already appealed U.S. District Judge Philip Pro’s fee award to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Righthaven is also...
  • Righthaven defendant wins second attorney’s fee award

    08/15/2011 7:17:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | By Steve Green
    In yet another stunning reversal for Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC, the company won’t be collecting any damages from a man it once branded as a copyright infringer. Instead, it’s Righthaven that must pay the man's legal fees of $34,045. U.S. District Judge Philip Pro awarded the fees Monday in the case of Kentucky message board poster Wayne Hoehn. Pro on June 20 dismissed Righthaven’s lawsuit against Hoehn, finding Righthaven didn’t have standing to sue him and even if it did, Hoehn was protected by the fair use doctrine in posting an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal column on...
  • New attacks launched on Righthaven litigation campaign

    07/02/2011 7:10:16 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday 2 July 2011 2 a.m. | By Steve Green
    The copyright infringement lawsuit campaign of Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas faces new attacks by three defendants. Since March 2010, Righthaven has filed 274 federal lawsuits alleging online copyright infringement of material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. Righthaven’s no-warning lawsuit campaign has been marred by three fair use losses since October, as well as rulings last month throwing out four lawsuits on a standing issue and a judge’s threat of sanctions against Righthaven over alleged misrepresentations.
  • Judge Rules that Reposting an Entire Article Without Permission Is ‘Fair Use’

    06/22/2011 12:58:30 AM PDT · by paltz · 25 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 6/21/11 | Ujala Sehgal
    A federal judge ruled in favor of a defendant who reposted an entire article in a copyright case on Monday, Wired reports. The lawsuit was brought by Righthaven, a Las Vegas-based “copyright litigation factory,” according to Wired, that has sued more than 200 websites, bloggers, and commenters for copyright infringement. This particular lawsuit targeted Wayne Hoehn, who posted an entire editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its headline, “Public Employee Pensions: We Can’t Afford Them” on a website medjacksports.com. Hoehn was not an employee of the site.
  • Righthaven hit with third fair use loss over R-J material

    06/20/2011 1:07:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | 6/20/2011 | By Steve Green
    A Kentucky man did not infringe on a copyright when he posted an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal column on a message board without authorization, a federal judge ruled today. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas on fair use grounds is the third fair use loss for Righthaven LLC, which sues over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material. Earlier losses over Review-Journal material involved entire and partial R-J stories. Pro today dismissed a Righthaven lawsuit against Wayne Hoehn on grounds that Righthaven lacks standing to sue over Review-Journal material, as already determined by another federal...
  • Judge rules Righthaven lacks standing to sue, threatens sanctions over misrepresentations

    06/14/2011 3:54:47 PM PDT · by redreno · 63 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2011 | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas today issued a potentially devastating ruling against copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC, finding it doesn't have standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal stories, that it has misled the court and threatening to impose sanctions against Righthaven. Because he found Righthaven doesn't have standing to sue, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt dismissed Righthaven's copyright infringement lawsuit against the Democratic Underground.
  • The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood

    06/07/2011 3:22:34 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 30 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 05/26/2011
    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood from the not-cool dept Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing. This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written...
  • Righthaven faces new challenges to copyright suits [pajamasmedia]

    05/14/2011 11:17:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | May 14, 2011 | by Steve Green
    Las Vegas newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC’s standing to file lawsuits is being challenged again, this time in Colorado. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 274 lawsuits alleging copyright infringement against website operators, bloggers and message board posters. It sues over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material. Its standing to sue is under attack in several cases and U.S. District Judge James Mahan in Las Vegas has said that under its lawsuit contract with the Review-Journal, Righthaven does not appear to have standing to sue. Mahan has rescheduled until next month a hearing on that issue. Defense attorneys...
  • Malcolm Moore and Julian Ryall of Telegraph.co.uk Totally Disgrace Themselves

    04/20/2011 6:35:10 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk and a mediacritc blogger at http://spikejapan.wordpress.com | April 20, 2011
    Spiked Telegraph Posted on April 20, 2011 by pachiguy| 1 Comment Rebuilding Japan: Hitachi’s residents put faith in ‘family’ companyThe city of Hitachi, around 90 miles from Tokyo on Japan’s Pacific coast, has a name that roughly translates as “prosperous wealth”. By Malcolm Moore and Julian Ryall 8:26PM BST 18 Apr 2011 And for the last 100 years, since the Hitachi company was founded as a division of the local copper mine, the city’s workers have been well taken care of. Today, Hitachi is Japan’s third-largest technology company, an enormous group that makes industrial machinery, consumer electronics and even nuclear power...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    CNNMoney.com 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...
  • The “All-Digital Future”: Surrendering our Property Rights

    12/13/2010 2:02:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights. Time and again, record labels, software developers, and movie studios have expressed their displeasure with physical media. The overhead is too steep. There’s too much piracy. The second-hand market is immoral and equivalent to piracy. Technophiles love to debate the merits of streaming media, but it’s...
  • 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 now working with Media News, sues over Denver Post column

    12/05/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    Las Vegas-based newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC is now doing business with Media News Group and has sued a blogger for alleged copyright infringement involving a column from the Media News-owned Denver Post. An attorney for Righthaven filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Charleston, S.C. This appears to be the first lawsuit Righthaven has filed in a federal court outside of Nevada, where since March it has filed 179 copyright infringement lawsuits.
  • Los Angeles Judge says, Fair Use is now 'irrelevant', in anti-piracy case

    11/26/2010 8:07:55 AM PST · by MalPearce · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | 24th November 2010 | Dan Goodin
    On Tuesday, US District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of Los Angeles, effectively pulled the rug out from underneath that planned defense of an X-BOX modder, arguing that fair use is “irrelevant” to violations of section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the DMCA, under which Crippen is charged.
  • Union challenges Righthaven’s demand for legal fees in copyright suit

    11/24/2010 7:15:13 PM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 | 12:48 p.m. | By Steve Green.
    division of the Teamsters union has signaled it's not going to be railroaded into paying the legal fees of Las Vegas online copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC. The Cleveland-based Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' railroad unit, was sued for copyright infringement Oct. 12 in federal court in Las Vegas by Righthaven.
  • Judge to Righthaven: Show why lawsuit shouldn’t be dismissed [full text = fair use?]

    11/22/2010 11:00:48 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Nov 22, 2010 | By Steve Green
    A federal judge in Las Vegas is examining whether another Righthaven online copyright infringement lawsuit should be dismissed on fair use grounds. ~~snip~~ In the meantime, U.S. District Judge James Mahan has ordered Righthaven to show cause why another of its lawsuits shouldn't be dismissed on fair use grounds. That case involves the Center for Intercultural Organizing of Portland, Ore., which was sued by Righthaven in August after an entire 33-paragraph Review-Journal story about Las Vegas immigrants from June 28 was posted on the center's website, crediting the Review-Journal. The nonprofit says it was founded by Portland-area immigrants and refugees...
  • The Citizen-Journalist's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use on the Internet

    11/21/2010 2:31:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 11/21/10 | Matt Danko
    The libertarian position on intellectual property that is most commonly recited is perhaps the most extreme: the outright abolition of copyright as a relic of the past. Though certainly dramatic and not without some merit, the absence of some sort of copyright protection for creators reeks a little too much of Marxist collectivism by denying, if not vilifying, the profit motive. Hence, a more prudent reconciliation between Article I and Amendment I is in order. (Snip) It is the position of this paper to favor the freedom to express any idea over the exclusive right to reproduce an expression claimed.
  • The Citizen-Journalist's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use on the Internet [FR mentioned]

    11/21/2010 9:41:22 AM PST · by liberty33 · 8 replies
    Policy Journal ^ | November 21, 2010 | Matt Danko
    The libertarian position on intellectual property that is most commonly recited is perhaps the most extreme: the outright abolition of copyright as a relic of the past. Though certainly dramatic and not without some merit, the absence of some sort of copyright protection for creators reeks a little too much of Marxist collectivism by denying, if not vilifying, the profit motive. Hence, a more prudent reconciliation between Article I and Amendment I is in order. It is the purpose of this essay to articulate a standard by which to promote, through practice, an expansion of fair use, specifically as it...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • Righthaven Says It Will Stop Suing Over News Excerpts

    11/18/2010 10:50:04 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies · 1+ views
    wired.com ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | By David Kravets
    Copyright troll Righthaven this week promised to narrow its lawsuit campaign in the face of a courtroom defeat, when a judge ruled that a real estate website made “fair use” of a newspaper article from the Las Vegas-Review Journal. Righthaven is the lawyer-heavy company based in Las Vegas that sprang to life last spring for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that repost, or even excerpt, Las Vegas-Review Journal articles without permission. It has filed about 150 lawsuits, and settled dozens of them in its favor. But the company reached a snag when the Realty One Group fought...
  • Righthaven seeks to dismiss [its own suit against DU] over posting of R-J story

    11/16/2010 8:18:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | Nov 16, 2010 | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's copyright enforcement company no longer wants to litigate one of its more controversial cases: a complaint against the big political website the Democratic Underground. Righthaven LLC on Aug. 10 sued the website after a message-board poster copied to the site four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph May 13 Review-Journal story about Republican Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle titled "Tea Party power fuels Angle." The post by Democratic Underground website user "pampango" credited the information to the Review-Journal and included a link to the rest of the story on the Review-Journal website. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)...
  • Use of excerpts from and linking to article found to be fair use (Righthaven slapped)

    Righthaven, a company which has purchased and owns the copyrights to various news and media articles, has filed multiple lawsuits against various individuals who have reposted, excerpted or quoted one of Righthaven's copyrighted articles..... ...In one of these cases, a court recently held that the defendant's use of a news article was fair use where the defendant used excerpts of the article on his blog and then linked back to the original article....
  • Pope troubled by "excessive zeal" over copyright protection

    10/30/2010 4:05:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    Cathnews ^ | October 29, 2010
    While authors have the right to be recognised and rewarded for their work, the purpose of intellectual property protection is the "promotion of literary, scientific or artistic production and ... inventive activity for the sake of the common good", Vatican officials said. A delegation of the Holy See told a gathering of the World Intellectual Property Organisation that Pope Benedict is troubled by the "excessive zeal" with which rich countries have been protecting their intellectual property rights, especially when it comes to health care in developing countries, reports the ZeroPaid website. "On the part of rich countries there is excessive...
  • Free speech group files counterclaim against copyright enforcement firm

    10/30/2010 9:42:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green.
    The online freedom of speech group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continues to pound away on the business model of Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC, with its attorneys hitting Righthaven with another counterclaim on Friday. Besides the counterclaim, the EFF is challenging Righthaven’s right to earn attorney’s fees in any of the lawsuits it files and is seeking to block Righthaven from trying to seize the website domain names of the website owners it sues.
  • Righthaven defendant wins first lawsuit dismissal motion

    10/20/2010 4:44:06 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 12:54 p.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal online copyright infringement lawsuit campaign sustained a setback Tuesday when a judge granted a real estate agent's motion for dismissal, ruling his posting of part of a Review-Journal story on his website amounted to fair use under copyright law.
  • Google, AP forge content accord

    08/31/2010 3:33:36 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 31, 2010
    Google and The Associated Press have agreed to a new deal after years of wrangling over alleged misuse of AP's content. As part of the pact, Google has said it will help AP better understand how its content is being used across the Web and what stories are gaining widest distribution.The deal could help AP modify its story selection based on what's popular. "AP and Google will work together in a number of new areas, such as ways to improve discovery and distribution of news," the news organization said ..... News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has argued in recent months...
  • Newspaper Enlists Startup To Police Web For Copyright Violations

    07/21/2010 12:09:10 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 68 replies
    Story Newspaper Enlists Startup To Police Web For Copyright Violations Wendy Davis, Apr 22, 2010 07:13 PM As part of a copyright crackdown, a startup called Righthaven has filed five lawsuits against Web sites that allegedly lifted articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In recent weeks, Righthaven has sued the nonprofit group NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), the association Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, real estate agent and blogger Matt Farnham, gambling site MajorWager.com and the company MoneyReign, which allegedly runs the site casinoreign.com. The lawsuits allege that the defendants reposted articles,...
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal Sues Disabled Vet (Free Republic)

    07/21/2010 10:18:58 AM PDT · by mnehring · 148 replies · 1+ views
    Imagine for a moment your grandmother creating a blog to talk about her gardening. One of her friends leaves a comment on her blog with a news article about gardens in her area. Sounds innocent enough? Actions like this happen every second on the Internet. Now imagine the news source in the comment suddenly, without warning, suing your grandmother for the comment left on her blog, demanding high monetary compensation and possibly even control of her blog. Incidents like this happen all the time. The latest targets of these types of lawsuits include Jim Robinson, a disabled veteran, and his website FreeRepublic.com. Free Republic...
  • Righthaven Files More Lawsuits Amid Questions About Group's Agenda

    05/21/2010 7:22:03 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 242+ views
    MediaPost ^ | Sunday, May 16, 2010 | Wendy Davis,
    Copyright enforcement group Righthaven has filed two more lawsuits against Web site operators for allegedly copying and linking to articles that originally appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the latest lawsuits, against the nonprofit Ecological Internet and the operator of the sports betting site madjacksports.com, as with the prior 11 filed since March, Righthaven says it obtained the copyrights to the newspapers' articles. In all cases, Righthaven apparently went to court without first asking that the articles be removed. While sending takedown notices isn't legally required, it's extremely unusual for content owners to sue over newspaper articles when no...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    montrealgazette.com ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA — As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • EU ACTA Analysis Leaks: Confirms Plans For Global DMCA, Encourage 3 Strikes Model

    12/03/2009 5:57:44 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 3 replies · 429+ views
    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ ^ | December 2nd, 2009 | Michael Deist
    EU ACTA Analysis Leaks: Confirms Plans For Global DMCA, Encourage 3 Strikes Model Monday November 30, 2009 The European Commission analysis of ACTA's Internet chapter has leaked, indicating that the U.S. is seeking to push laws that extend beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and beyond current European Union law (the EC posted the existence of the document last week but refused to make it publicly available). The document contains detailed comments on the U.S. proposal, confirming the U.S. desire to promote a three-strikes and you're out policy, a Global DMCA, harmonized contributory copyright infringement rules, and the establishment of an...
  • Artist admits he lied about 'Hope' photo

    10/18/2009 4:06:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 1,935+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 17, 2009 | AP
    Shepard Fairey’s claim that he had the right to use a news photo to create his famous Barack Obama “HOPE” poster became a widely watched court case about fair use that now appears to have nearly collapsed. By Friday night, his attorneys — led by Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University — said they intend to withdraw from the case and said the artist had misled them by fabricating information and destroying other material. Fairey himself admitted that he didn’t use The Associated Press photo of Obama seated next to actor George Clooney he...
  • The Day Internet Freedom Died

    09/22/2009 10:59:07 AM PDT · by thouworm · 62 replies · 3,681+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9-22-2009 | Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka
    There was a time, not so long ago, when the term "Internet Freedom" actually meant what it implied: a cyberspace free from over-zealous legislators and bureaucrats.... Those days are now gone; the presumption of online liberty is giving way to a presumption of regulation. A massive assault on real Internet freedom has been gathering steam for years and has finally come to a head. Ironically, victory for those who carry the banner of "Internet Freedom" would mean nothing less than the death of that freedom.... Here is the reality: Because of the steps being taken in Washington right now, real...
  • MPAA Admits To Losing PR War To The "Enemies Of Copyright"

    06/15/2009 12:51:44 PM PDT · by steve-b · 43 replies · 1,335+ views
    ZeroPaid ^ | 6/13/09 | Drew Wilson
    The MPAA apparently said that the “enemies of copyright have really done a good job at creating the false premise that the interest of copyright holders and the interest of society as a whole are antagonistic” during the World Copyright Summit. The worry is that their pro-copyright advocacy perspective is fading away in the public conscious. In an interesting report from IP-Watch where there were a few choice words levelled against those that disagreed with the view-points of the copyright industry. Apparently, Fritz Attaway suggested that it's false to assume that the rights of the industry and the interest of...
  • Broadcasters Fight House Bill Requiring Song Royalty Payments

    05/14/2009 2:15:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies · 1,158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 13, 2009, 5:10 P.M. ET | no byline in excerpt
    Broadcasters are vowing to fight legislation requiring radio stations to pay royalties to performers, even as the recording industry and artist coalitions say the effort is gathering steam. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a modified version of a performance royalty bill that gives some exemptions to small broadcast stations. Broadcast radio stations now pay song royalties to songwriters and ...
  • MPAA suggests teachers videotape TVs instead of ripping DVDs. Seriously.

    05/07/2009 2:11:41 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 63 replies · 1,348+ views
    engadget ^ | 5/7/2009 | engaget
    So the Copyright Office is currently in the middle reviewing proposed exceptions to the DMCA, and one of the proposals on the table would allow teachers and students to rip DVDs and edit them for use in the classroom. Open and shut, right? Not if you're the MPAA and gearing up to litigate the legality of ripping -- it's trying to convince the rulemaking committee that videotaping a flatscreen is an acceptable alternative. Seriously. It's hard to say if we've ever seen an organization make a more tone-deaf, flailing argument than this. Take a good look, kids. This is what...