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Righthaven Appeals Fair Use Ruling

Focus No Longer Just On Full Article Copies

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Righthaven has reportedly appealed a court ruling from last fall, which deemed the use of 8 sentences of one of its clients’ 30-sentence article "fair use". The ruling had temporarily led Righthaven to reconsider its strategy, and focus on full copies of articles. 

As we looked at yesterday, it’s entirely possible that a ruling will come down on the side of fair use in some of these cases as well. According to the Las Vegas Sun (via Mike Masnick):

The appeal comes as Righthaven faces a second potential dismissal by another federal judge involving an entire Review-Journal story that was posted on the website of the Center for Intercultural Organizing in Portland, Ore.

The appeal also comes as four Righthaven defendants — two represented by attorneys for the online free speech group the Electronic Frontier Foundation — press counterclaims against Righthaven and Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC.

Could Fair Use Include Full Article-Copying?

Righthaven has received a great deal of criticism as a company with a business model based on suing publishers and bloggers on behalf of newspaper clients like the Las Vegas Review-Journal, bringing lots of fair use questions into the forefront. 

For more context and background on this, read our articles "Fair Use Controversy: The Gift That Keeps On Giving," "Testing the Fair Use Balance" and "Could "Full Article-Copying Be Ruled as Fair Use?"

Righthaven Appeals Fair Use Ruling
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  • http://www.whathouse.co.uk MartenL

    I think there are only so many ways to phrase certain things that going to court over the reuse of a few lines of writing does seem a bit trivial. Though on the other hand reusing a few lines of a songs lyrics will most certainly get you into trouble! So basically I think they were stupid and should have rephrased it a little!

    • Chris Crum

      It’s generally a good idea to bring something of value to the table.

  • http://www.selfesteemexperts.com Joan

    I think if an article is published it is public domain. As long as you give credit to the author or website it is fair to republish it.

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