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  • Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead

    05/09/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    arstechnica (can't be posted to FR per copyright complaint) | May 9, 2013 | by Nate Anderson
    "Never had standing to sue, Ninth Circuit confirms." http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/copyright-troll-righthaven-finally-completely-dead/
  • 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...
  • Righthaven founder fights to stay on as CEO

    07/03/2012 9:28:13 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 2 July 2012 9:30 p.m. | By Steve Green (contact)
    Righthaven LLC founder Steven Gibson insisted Monday he remains in charge of the Las Vegas company and asked a judge to block efforts to fire him as CEO. Gibson filed papers in federal court in Las Vegas challenging recent actions by Lara Pearson, a Lake Tahoe-area attorney appointed by the court last year to take control of Righthaven assets and to sell them for the benefit of creditors.
  • First Amendment attorney joins effort to shut down Righthaven

    06/30/2012 6:08:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 430 june 2012 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas First Amendment attorney Allen Lichtenstein has joined the initiative to shut down copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC. Lichtenstein said Friday he's signed on to represent the receiver who claims to control Righthaven and who plans to put an end to Righthaven pursuing appeals of its legal setbacks. After judges rejected its lawsuits and its assets were seized by creditors in December, Righthaven continued to operate solely to pursue those appeals. And as recently as June 22, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson publicly claimed to be the CEO of Righthaven and had openly hired an outside attorney to...
  • Righthaven receiver moves to fire CEO Steven Gibson

    06/26/2012 5:41:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 26 june 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright infringement litigation took a bizarre turn Monday when Righthaven's court-appointed receiver moved to fire Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson. The receiver, Lake Tahoe-area attorney Lara Pearson, filed papers in federal court in Las Vegas saying Gibson has been taking actions to harm the company, that she is terminating him and that she plans to have Righthaven sue him for malpractice. Gibson didn't say Monday if he would formally contest Pearson’s actions, but he made it clear he opposes them. "I do not think it appropriate to litigate this matter in the press, but you can note that...
  • Righthaven copyrights fail to sell at auction

    05/07/2012 4:00:40 PM PDT · by posterchild · 18 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | May 7, 2012 | Steve Green
    Creditors of Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC are licking their wounds after no one bid for Righthaven copyrights in an eBay auction that ended Saturday. Through the auction, it was made clear that certain Righthaven copyrights have no real value, either because of the type of content they cover or because of legal uncertainties about their validity. “It would seem that everything that Righthaven and its parade of idiots touch turns to garbage,” said Las Vegas attorney Marc Randazza, whose firm is trying to recover legal fees after beating back a Righthaven lawsuit on behalf of a client....
  • Nonprofit seeks donations to cover Righthaven copyright lawsuit costs

    04/26/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/26/2012 | By Steve Green
    A Virginia nonprofit is asking for donations to cover the $30,000 it spent successfully fighting a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League Inc. (VCDL), a gun rights group in Newington, Va., was sued by Las Vegas-based Righthaven in September 2010.
  • Review-Journal owner facing $774,000 fee demand in Righthaven case

    04/11/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/11/2012 | By Steve Green
    Attorneys say the owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal should be required to pay $774,683 in legal fees for what critics call a failed ''shakedown'' copyright infringement lawsuit that threatened the free speech rights of a political website. The attorneys represent the Democratic Underground, a website that defeated Righthaven LLC, the R-J’s copyright enforcement partner, in one of Righthaven’s copyright infringement lawsuits. If attorneys for the Democratic Underground have their way, the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens will be paying their fees for two reasons:
  • 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...
  • Judge strips Righthaven of rights to 278 copyrights and its trademark

    03/06/2012 8:07:00 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 5 March 2012 7:29 p.m. | By Steve Green
    Like a gunfighter with no bullets, Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC no longer has any copyrights to sue over. A federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday stripped Righthaven of whatever interests it has in its 278 federal copyright registrations as well as its trademark. Judge Philip Pro ordered that the copyrights and trademarks be transferred to a court-appointed receiver so they can be auctioned to cover some of Righthaven’s debts.
  • Righthaven in default again with state

    02/17/2012 10:29:21 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    VEGASINC ^ | Feb 178, 2012 | By Steve Green
    Righthaven LLC’s financial position appears to have deteriorated further: For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas company's state business license has expired and now it’s listed in default. Records at the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, which handles incorporation matters, show Righthaven’s business license expired Jan. 31. The development indicates the copyright infringement lawsuit filer either can’t or won’t come up with the $200 needed to reactivate the license. A request for comment was placed with Righthaven on the issue. This is just the latest symptom of financial problems at Righthaven, where a creditor is trying to...
  • State Bar of Nevada Probes 3 Lawyers Who Helped Righthaven Pursue Copyright Claims

    01/14/2012 4:03:07 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    American Bar Association ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Martha Neil
    The State Bar of Nevada is investigating the CEO of Righthaven, a company known for its prolific filing of copyright lawsuits against bloggers who allegedly infringed by reposting newspaper content, as well as two lawyers who worked there. ... a federal judge in Las Vegas has fined Righthaven $5,000 and rebuked the company for “inaccurate and likely dishonest” statements in court filings, the article continues. The judge also suggested that the company could have been involved in unauthorized practice of law.
  • Copyright Office Seeks To Make It More Difficult To Retain DMCA Safe Harbors

    12/29/2011 2:08:51 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | Dec 28, 2011 | by Mike Masnick
    Almost missed this one, but Eric Goldman alerts us to the dozen comments filed with the US Copyright Office concerning its plan to force everyone to keep re-registering their official DMCA agent in order to keep retaining the DMCA's safe harbors. As we've discussed in the past, in order to make use of the DMCA's safe harbors, you have to register an official DMCA agent with the Copyright Office. In fact, we've suggested that anyone running a blog or forum site do exactly that. Many of the companies that were successfully sued by Righthaven (before it was discovered Righthaven didn't...
  • Dismantling of Righthaven appears under way with loss of website

    12/22/2011 1:29:49 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 27 replies
    Vegasinc ^ | 12/22/12 | Steve Green
    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...
  • RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal

    12/12/2011 9:33:42 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 5, 2011 | Kurt Opsahl
    December 5, 2011 | By Kurt Opsahl RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal The Association of American Publishers and the Recording Industry Association of America have decided to cozy up to a copyright troll, filing an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit appeal of Righthaven v. Hoehn.  The Hoehn case is one of many decisions where a district court dismissed the case brought by copyright troll Righthaven. Indeed, Righthaven has lost on the merits every single time a court has considered its arguments (before six judges and counting). In Hoehn, the court correctly found both that Righthaven did not...
  • Righthaven backed into a corner; copyrights to be auctioned

    12/12/2011 5:24:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies
    vegas.inc ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | by Steve Green
    Copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas faced more problems Monday after a federal judge granted a defendant’s motion that Righthaven be placed under control of a receiver and that its copyrights be auctioned off, giving it nothing to sue or appeal over. U.S. District Judge Philip Pro granted the motion made by attorneys for defendant Wayne Hoehn, who said a receiver was needed to run the company and that its assets should be auctioned. That was after Righthaven failed to pay their attorney’s fees and U.S. Marshals were unable to round up enough Righthaven assets to cover their...
  • Righthaven Case Ends in Victory for Fair Use

    11/22/2011 11:45:01 AM PST · by RobertClark · 25 replies
    EFF ^ | 11/18/2011 | EFF
    San Francisco - In a victory for fair use, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Stephens Media, filed papers yesterday conceding that posting a short excerpt of a news article in an online forum is not copyright infringement. The concession will result in entry of a judgment of non-infringement in a long-running copyright troll case that sparked the dismissal of dozens of baseless lawsuits filed by Righthaven LLC. The case began when the online political forum Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven...
  • Beating Righthaven LLC

    11/03/2011 11:46:28 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 4, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    A must read for bloggers of all stripes: how Donald Douglas from American Power  whupped the copyright trolls in court... 'Beating Righthaven' -here-
  • Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets

    11/02/2011 1:22:13 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 26 replies
    Vegasinc.com ^ | 11/02/2011 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs. Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven —but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the Las...
  • Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets

    11/02/2011 12:21:16 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | Nove,ber 1st 2011 | Steven Green
    Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs. Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven — but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the...
  • Righthaven misses deadlines, again faces asset seizure threat

    10/30/2011 6:32:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 30 oct 2011 | Steve Green
    In a familiar pattern, Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC missed deadlines in two of its lawsuits Friday, prompting a creditor in one of the suits Saturday to again ask that U.S. Marshals seize its assets. In the first case, Righthaven had until Friday to either pay prevailing defendant Wayne Hoehn’s $34,045 in legal fees or post a bond guaranteeing payment. It did neither, prompting Hoehn’s attorneys at Randazza Legal Group in Las Vegas to ask U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro to issue a writ of execution for Hoehn’s judgment. The proposed writ requires the Marshals Service to...
  • 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 ordered to pay nearly $120,000 in attorney fees, court costs

    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.
  • Righthaven facing fraudulent transfer claim

    10/17/2011 3:58:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 17 oct 2011 | Steve Green
    Attorneys fighting Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC on Sunday accused the company of fraudulently paying its attorneys and CEO while failing to pay defendants who defeat Righthaven in court. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 no-warning lawsuits claiming material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post was misappropriated by website operators, bloggers and message board posters. The litigation campaign is stalled after judges in Nevada and Colorado found Righthaven lacked standing to sue because — despite Righthaven’s claims of ownership — the newspapers maintained control of the material it sued over. In three of...
  • Righthaven trying again to avoid paying prevailing defendants’ fees

    10/10/2011 5:03:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 10 oct 2011 | Steve Green
    It’s an effort already rejected by one judge, but Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas is trying again to avoid paying the legal fees of defendants that defeat Righthaven in court. In court filings Saturday in Denver, Righthaven asked Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane to put six of its copyright infringement cases there on hold, rather than dismissing them on a summary judgment basis. That way, Righthaven said, it won’t have to pay the defendants’ legal fees and it could resume prosecution of the cases if the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns Kane and finds Righthaven had standing...
  • Righthaven trying again to avoid paying prevailing defendants’ fees

    10/09/2011 5:18:30 PM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday 9 October 2011 4:27 p.m. | By Steve Green (contact)
    It’s an effort already rejected by one judge, but Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas is trying again to avoid paying the legal fees of defendants that defeat Righthaven in court. In court filings Saturday in Denver, Righthaven asked Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane to put six of its copyright infringement cases there on hold, rather than dismissing them on a summary judgment basis.
  • 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...
  • Attorneys say Righthaven presenting judge a ‘false choice’

    09/13/2011 5:34:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 13 sept 2011 | Steve Green
    In another theatrical diatribe against Righthaven LLC, defense attorneys say the Las Vegas company presented a federal judge with a “false choice” with its warning it may shut down or declare bankruptcy. Righthaven is the newspaper copyright lawsuit filer that last year teamed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to sue over online infringements involving content from those newspapers. After filing 275 lawsuits in 18 months, and collecting what are believed to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, the company’s litigation campaign is stalled by court rulings finding it lacked standing to sue over R-J...
  • 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...
  • Denver Post owner not renewing Righthaven contract after PR debacles

    09/09/2011 5:13:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 09 sept 2011 | Steve Green
    Newspaper copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas is losing one of its major clients, with MediaNews Group saying Righthaven’s no-warning lawsuit model "isn’t working very well for us." MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post, disclosed in a Post story Wednesday it is not renewing its contract with Righthaven that expires at the end of the month. The Righthaven lawsuit campaign over alleged infringements of material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Post -- so far totaling 275 lawsuits in the past 18 months -- is stalled by legal challenges to Righthaven’s standing to sue. Critics said...
  • MediaNews Group Severs Ties with Righthaven

    09/08/2011 10:20:00 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    One Utah Blog ^ | September 8, 2011 | Ken Bingham
    The Denver Post is reporting that MediaNews Group, its parent company along with the Salt Lake Tribune, will not be renewing their contract with the controversial drive-by litigation group Righthaven. According to the report MediaNews Group stopped working with them “some time ago”. John Paton, who was appointed as MediaNews chief executive Wednesday, sent a message on Twitter later in the day that MediaNews had terminated its relationship with Righthaven “some time ago.” MediaNews Group’s relationship with Righthaven dealt almost exclusively with one image that of the TSA agent performing a patdown that became a symbol of the “Don’t touch...
  • Foes seek decisive ruling against Righthaven

    09/08/2011 10:19:43 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    Vegas Inc. ^ | September 7, 2011 | Steve Green
    Opponents of Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC appealed again Tuesday to a Colorado judge to decisively end Righthaven’s lawsuits over Denver Post material. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits alleging online infringement of Las Vegas Review-Journal and Post content. The no-warning litigation campaign, unprecedented for the newspaper industry, hit a brick wall this summer when four Nevada judges ruled Righthaven lacked standing to sue over R-J material in seven cases. Righthaven -- which has also been hit with three fair use defeats -- last filed a lawsuit on July 13. These rulings against Righthaven's standing to...
  • Righthaven says foe is jeopardizing its due process rights

    08/25/2011 3:54:32 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 25 aug 2011 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright litigator Righthaven LLC is complaining that one of its many legal foes is trying to deprive Righthaven of its due process rights. While Righthaven is often accused of abusing the legal system by filing frivolous lawsuits with dubious legal claims and then coercing defendants into settling, Righthaven insists its lawsuits over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material are necessary to deter rampant online infringement of content from those newspapers. The company has filed 275 lawsuits over newspaper content since March 2010 and is now trying to revive its litigation campaign, which has been stalled by dismissals...
  • Seventh Righthaven lawsuit dismissed for lack of standing

    08/22/2011 3:31:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 22 aug 2011 | Steve Green
    Another heavily-litigated Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit has been dismissed because of Righthaven’s lack of standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal content. U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson in Las Vegas on Friday dismissed Righthaven’s lawsuit against Bill Hyatt, who was sued last October over allegations he posted without authorization an R-J column on his website 1ce.org, which was called “News for Everyone.” This was the seventh such dismissal since June 14. The suit was among 275 filed by Righthaven since March 2010 involving material from the R-J and the Denver Post. Righthaven spots alleged online infringements, obtains copyright assignments...
  • 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...
  • Defense attorneys step up criticism of Righthaven

    08/08/2011 5:35:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 08 aug 2011 | Steve Green
    Stephens Media LLC says its lawsuit partner Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas is addressing a "parasitic" business model in which newspaper content is regularly stolen by copyright infringers. Defense attorneys charge, however, that Righthaven is merely running a money making scheme using dubious legal claims in no-warning lawsuits to coerce defendants into settling for a few thousand dollars. In recent weeks, they’ve stepped up their attacks on Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson, a Las Vegas attorney, after he signed off on false court disclosures hiding the role of Stephens Media in lawsuits over Review-Journal material. "Righthaven’s co-owners, Stephens Media (owner of...
  • Righthaven: The controversy over copyrights

    07/25/2011 5:39:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 25 july 2011 | Steve Green
    The time has come to add copyright lawsuits—alongside casinos—as one of the things Las Vegas is best known for nationally. Copyright lawsuits? Yes, in national legal and media circles, Las Vegas is also now known as the epicenter of newspaper copyright infringement lawsuits. Who would’ve thought? Well, say hello to Las Vegas’ own Righthaven LLC, the entity behind the curious notoriety. Since March 2010, Righthaven has teamed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file a whopping 275 federal lawsuits alleging copyright infringement and seeking damages of $150,000 apiece. These lawsuits are filed in retroactive fashion, meaning...
  • Another Day, And Another Smackdown For Righthaven: Told To Pay Up For Misleading The Court

    07/15/2011 5:50:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    TechDirt.com ^ | 7/15/11
    Yes, another day and another judicial smackdown for Righthaven. In the case before Judge Roger Hunt, where he dismissed Righthaven for its sham copyright assignment claims and threatened sanctions against the company, it appears that Judge Hunt was not convinced by Righthaven's grovelling, that it was all the fault of former in-house attorneys, who failed to disclose that Stephens Media had a 50% stake in the outcome of any of these lawsuits. Hunt has gone forward with the sanctions, telling Righthaven to pay $5,000 for misleading the court. It seems that defendants in the 200+ other lawsuits now have reasons...
  • Defendant Says Righthaven Should Pay Legal Fees

    07/06/2011 9:37:29 AM PDT · by PastorBooks · 6 replies
    Slashdot.org ^ | July 6, 2011 | Slashdot.org
    Hugh Pickens writes "On June 20 District Court Judge Philip Pro found that Kentucky resident Wayne Hoehn was protected by fair use in posting a Las Vegas Review-Journal column on a sports website. Now Hoehn's attorneys have submitted a $34,000 bill and asked that Judge Pro require Righthaven to pay it. The $34,000 could be just the tip of the iceberg for Righthaven, should the Democratic Underground prevail in what likely will be a far larger fee demand."
  • 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.
  • Denver judge stays all Righthaven cases in Colorado

    05/19/2011 11:52:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    VEGASINC ^ | May 19, 2011 | by Steve Green
    A federal judge in Colorado today said there are serious questions about the validity of the Righthaven LLC/Denver Post copyright infringement lawsuits there, and he put them all on hold. Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane in Denver said in orders filed in the cases that because of challenges to Las Vegas-based Righthaven’s standing to sue there over Denver Post material, he wants to resolve that issue before proceeding. "Because there are serious questions as to whether my exercise of subject matter jurisdiction over Righthaven’s claim of copyright infringement is proper, I think it most prudent to stay the proceedings...
  • Righthaven hit with class-action counterclaim

    05/17/2011 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    Vegas Inc. ^ | May 17th 2011 | Staff
    One of the website operators accused of copyright infringement by Righthaven LLC has retaliated, hitting the Las Vegas company with a class-action counterclaim seeking to represent defendants in all 57 Righthaven cases in Colorado. While the counterclaim mentions all 275 Righthaven lawsuits, it covers only those filed in Colorado. It charges defendants in all the Righthaven lawsuits "are victims of extortion litigation by Righthaven, which has made such extortion litigation a part of its, if not its entire, business model." "As a result of Righthaven’s unlawful actions, class plaintiffs and members of the proposed class were forced either to fight...
  • 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...
  • Righthaven’s Secret Contract Revealed: Will Its Strategy Collapse?

    04/25/2011 3:45:49 PM PDT · by Jean S · 13 replies
    paidContent.org ^ | 4/16/11 | Joe Mullin
    Angered at Righthaven’s behavior, a Las Vegas federal judge unsealed the company’s heretofore confidential agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal late on Friday. The contract reveals that the controversial copyright-enforcement company and LV R-J parent company Stephens Media are splitting their net earnings from suing hundreds of bloggers on a 50-50 basis. It also shows that the LV R-J is still largely in control of Righthaven’s litigation strategy—a fact that could end up being ruinous for Righthaven’s campaign of copyright lawsuits.
  • Judge grants summary judgment in favor of Righthaven defendant

    04/22/2011 9:48:31 PM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    www.vegasinc.com ^ | Friday 22 April 2011 9:11 p.m. | By Steve Green .
    A judge on Friday signed an order finding an Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The order granting summary judgment in favor of the Center For Intercultural Organizing (CIO) of Portland, Ore., was expected. U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a March 18 hearing he planned to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the CIO on fair-use grounds. The lawsuit was filed by Righthaven LLC, the Las Vegas company that has teamed up with the Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file 265 copyright...