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SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next
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Even though the SOPA and PIPA bills are essentially dead, they are still getting a lot of attention. Last week, the U.S. witnessed a powerful expression from both brands and consumers that demonstrated their strong opposition to the anti-piracy bills.

SOPA: Anonymous Lists Their Demands SOPA: Anonymous Lists Their Demands
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The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all. On Wednesday, the “official” Anonymous twitter feed linked to the group’s list of demands. The document is titled, “Bright, and Clear: …

Righthaven Domain Sold In Auction Righthaven Domain Sold In Auction

We recently reported that Righthaven.com was up for auction on Snapnames, and it has now sold. And not for much. It ended up going for $3,300. That’s unfortunate for Righthaven, seeing as how they’ve been ordered to pay about $60,000 …

ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains
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Beginning January 12, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will be accepting applications for newly available top-level domain names beyond the typical .com and .net variety. Some of the new domain offerings you might see are .book and …

Righthaven Domain Now Being Auctioned Righthaven Domain Now Being Auctioned

Righthaven, which is commonly referred to as a “copyright troll,” is now having its domain name RightHaven.com auctioned off by domain auction site SnapNames, as pictured above. If you’re not familiar with the story, the irony here is that RightHaven …

PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE Act Gets A White House Petition PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE Act Gets A White House Petition
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The E-PARASITEs act (formerly known as the PROTECT-IP act) is still floating around Congress, and the threat of its passing has many internet denizens worried. The bill would essentially require service providers to block access to certain sites, dependent on …

Righthaven Ordered to Pay Huge Fine Righthaven Ordered to Pay Huge Fine
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The woes continue for Righthaven, the company designed to sue bloggers and others on the web for allegedly infringing upon the copyrights of its clients/partners. You can see our past coverage of the Righthaven saga here. The last time we …

Free Justin Bieber: Could Covering A Song On YouTube Land You In The Slammer? Free Justin Bieber: Could Covering A Song On YouTube Land You In The Slammer?
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A new campaign is using Justin Bieber to raise awareness about a current Senate bill that could have devastating effects on the YouTube community. As of right now, there is a bill in the United States Senate that would penalize …

Everything Is a Remix Exposes the Fallacy of Copyrights Gone Wild Everything Is a Remix Exposes the Fallacy of Copyrights Gone Wild
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Before we get too far, it should be noted that this author does not believe all entertainment should be available on a free for all basis. While that sounds good in theory, there’s nothing wrong with seeing an artist get …

Righthaven Gets Taste of Irony as Defendant Seeks Assets Righthaven Gets Taste of Irony as Defendant Seeks Assets

The Righthaven storyline continues to get even more interesting. The company, often referred to as a “copyright troll,” first stopped filing new suits against bloggers, then reports came out that the it may even file for bankruptcy, as it was …

Righthaven Strategy Called a “Dumb Idea” By Denver Post Publisher Righthaven Strategy Called a “Dumb Idea” By Denver Post Publisher

Righthaven’s blogger-suing (often referred to as “copyright troll”) business model might be winding down. Though still appealing past rulings, the company has stopped filing new suits (at least for the time being). They may even have to file for bankruptcy …

Righthaven May File for Bankruptcy: Report Righthaven May File for Bankruptcy: Report

Things don’t appear to be looking too great for Righthaven these days. After losing some key fair use cases, the company stopped filing suits altogether, and got rid of a lawyer that’s been involved in over 50 cases. For more …

Righthaven Stops Filing Suits (At Least for Now) Righthaven Stops Filing Suits (At Least for Now)

Righthaven, which has made a business out of suing people for alleged copyright infringement (see background stories here) has not filed a suit in two months according to a new report from Wired, which suggests that “the great experiment in …

Righthaven Loses Another Fair Use Case, Ordered to Pay $34K in Legal Fees Righthaven Loses Another Fair Use Case, Ordered to Pay $34K in Legal Fees

Righthaven was dealt another blow in a Nevada federal court, as it was ordered to pay over $34,000 to cover the legal fees of the defendant it had just sued (and lost). For some more background on Righthaven, you can …

EFF Moves For Dismissal of Key Righthaven Case EFF Moves For Dismissal of Key Righthaven Case

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has been aiding various defendants in copyright lawsuits brought by Righthaven (commonly referred to as a “copyright troll”), and has filed an amicus brief in support of a defendant moving to dismiss the RIghthaven …

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor
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John Steele, an anti-piracy “pay-up-or-else” lawyer, has filed close to 100 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of BitTorrent users, a.k.a. Pirates. Now it seems the moniker could even fit Mr. Steele himself. The folks over at TorrentFreak have pointed …

Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act

The Protect IP Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy in May is receiving a lot of criticism. The bill, which in full is called Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, hopes to crack down on the illegal online sale of counterfeit goods.

Another Righthaven Copyright Case Thrown Out, Only To Be Filed Again Another Righthaven Copyright Case Thrown Out, Only To Be Filed Again
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Righthaven lost another copyright case, this time in Nevada. The “company” seems to be losing a lot lately, but this time, they have decided to refile the suit right after the case was dismissed. A blogger named Dean Mostofi, was …

To Righthaven’s Dismay, Judge Rules Copying of Entire Article Fair Use To Righthaven’s Dismay, Judge Rules Copying of Entire Article Fair Use

Righthaven was dealt another blow in court this week when a judge ruled that one of the defendants it was suing over copyright infringement had fairly reposted an entire article from client/partner Las Vegas Review-Journal. If you’re unfamiliar with Righthaven, …

Rebecca Black’s Friday Gone From YouTube Rebecca Black’s Friday Gone From YouTube
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Say it ain’t so! It looks like, at least for right now, you are going to have to rely on parody videos to get your “Friday” fix, as the official video has been pulled from YouTube. The much loved, much …

Righthaven Complaint Dismissed in Key Case Righthaven Complaint Dismissed in Key Case
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Righthaven, the company often referred to as a “copyright troll,” which has essentially made a business out of suing bloggers and media outlets over alleged copyright infringement, was dealt a big blow by a Las Vegas judge, who dismissed a …