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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 …

Blink 182 Has Fun With YouTube Copyright Infringement Blink 182 Has Fun With YouTube Copyright Infringement

Fair use is an issue that will not have much resolution going forward. Users want to have some creative control over songs they own, and the governing bodies that by have a much more strict approach to that practice. It’s …

Demand Media Threatens “Demand Studios Sucks” with Legal Action Demand Media Threatens “Demand Studios Sucks” with Legal Action
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A blog and forum site called DemandStudiosSucks.com has been threatened with legal action by Demand Media, the company behind Demand Studios. The letter the site received has been posted on the site itself. In it, Demand Media’s legal department says: …

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 …

Huffington Post Suspends Writer After Taking Too Much From an AdAge Story Huffington Post Suspends Writer After Taking Too Much From an AdAge Story
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Simon Dumenco at AdAge posted a story today about how the Huffington Post regurgitated one of his articles, and bashed the Post’s long-time claims about how its links can drive tremendous amounts of traffic to the original source. It appears, …

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, …

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 …

Righthaven Files Suit Against Ars Technica Writer, Quickly Dismisses It
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Eriq Gardner, a journalist who contributed this article to Ars Technica 3 months ago was being sued by the controversial Righthaven, but then Righthaven apparently decided to dismiss it. What would have made this case stand out from the plethora …

Copying an Entire Article Without Permission – OK in Some Cases?
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Last month, we asked whether full article-copying could be ruled as fair use. We now know the answer. Yes, it can. Do you think duplicating an article in its entirety without permission is OK in some cases? Comment here. Righthaven, …

Righthaven Appeals Fair Use Ruling
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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. 

Could Full Article-Copying Be Ruled as Fair Use?
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We’ve written about Righthaven a couple times. This is 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. 

Testing the Fair Use Balance
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Remember Righthaven? That’s the company with the business model of suing bloggers over copyright that ignited one of the more recent fair use controversy debates. A report last month from Fortune about the company asked questions like: "Could clicking a Like button lead to a lawsuit?" and "Are the days of posting stories to Facebook, emailing articles to friends, or printing out pieces numbered?" and suggested that social media could be "maimed".

Fair Use Controversy: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
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So the whole "what is fair use?" debate is back, as Fortune describes the business practices of Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review Journal of going after publications for violating copyright. 

Court Ruling Raises Fair Use Questions Around DRM
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Elecronista reports that a new court ruling could set a legal precedent to allow the bypassing of DRM for fair use purposes. "The decision could impact the media industry as it may allow breaking DRM for music, movies and other formats as long as the material isn’t pirated," says Electronista.

What is Fair Use? You Tell Us.
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What is fair use? It’s a question that doesn’t seem to go away. Traditional media publications often throw blogs under the bus for borrowing quotes and spreading news to their own audiences. While there are certainly plenty of cases in which blogs do trample on the concept of fair use, to say that blogs in general follow this practice is simply absurd.

Are You Blogging Within Your Fair Use Rights?
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With all of the struggles and controversies surrounding the news industry these days, there is a lot of confusion out there about what falls under fair use and what doesn’t. The more savvy bloggers who have been in the game for a while usually have a better grasp on the concept, but there are still plenty of others who aren’t so well versed. After all, anyone can start a blog, and not everyone comes from a news or legal background.

Murdoch’s War with the Aggregators
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Rupert Murdoch spoke last week at the FTC’s journalism and the Internet workshop and again slammed news aggregators and search engines:

Perfect 10 Comes Out Swinging at Google Again
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Those who have been following the search industry for some time, may recall that Google had some legal issues with the (former) magazine Perfect 10 (nsfw). The company, which ceased publication of its magazine, but still operates on the web, has issued a press release saying that its five year battle with the search giant is "about to heat up."

No “End” In Sight For Web Campaigners

Other than involving their respective Web campaigns, these two tidbits are only semantically related—you can file them both under odds and ends. While artist stages the inaugural “Intellectual Property Asshole Competition,” fans of unfortunately named and since changed Butt Hole Road have waged an Internet campaign to change the name back to the rude original.

AP versus Shepard Fairy

Eric Schmidt Discusses Numerous Hot Issues

The other day, Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave quite an inspirational speech at the University of Pennsylvania, in which he shared his interpretation of the meaning of life. He talked about technology and the importance of the organization of the world’s information – Google’s ultimate goal.