All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Righthaven’

Righthaven Copyrights (Including Porn Titles) Being Auctioned on eBay

17 Righthaven copyrights are being auctioned off on eBay today. I’m not going to rehash the entire Righthaven saga here, but if you’re unfamiliar with the story, Righthaven with the business model of purchasing copyrights and suing people. They have become commonly known as a “copyright troll”. Properties previously acquired by the “company” have been turned over to lawyers, as …

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Copyright Troll Righthaven Put In Their Place

The court system is sick and tired of organizations building businesses around petty copyright infringement cases. Righthaven is an LLC that has formed just for that reason. Essentially, once a copyright has been infringed upon, online newspapers sell the rights of the articles to Righthaven so that they may pursue the matter in court without involving the original publisher. Under …

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The New Righthaven.com Has A Sense Of Humor

If you’ve followed the Righthaven saga at all, you probably know that the “copyright troll’s” domain was auctioned off as it struggled to pay court costs and fines. The owners of the domain put up a message on the site promoting content creation and indicating that it will soon be opening up a hosting service “with backbone”. Discussing about how …

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Righthaven.com Now Pays Tribute To Content Creators

As previously reported, Righthaven.com was sold in an online auction, and now, there is a big pro-content message on it, as a Switzerland-based hosting provider gears up to launch services at the site. For more background on why this amusing, peruse our past Righthaven coverage. First, just read the message: Most Revered Content Creator, You are the most important part …

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Google Speaks Out Against Righthaven In Court

The last time we checked in with the Righthaven saga, righthaven.com had just been sold in a domain auction, as Righthaven struggled to pay legal costs and fines. Now, when you go to righthaven.com, you are greeted with the image above. Any guesses as to what this is about? Interestingly, Google appeared in court, and spoke out against Righthaven on …

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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 more in court. For Righthaven, commonly referred to as a “copyright troll,” having to auction off its domain was rather …

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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 itself has sought the domains of other sites, which it deemed in violation of its copyrights. For more backstory on …

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Righthaven Ordered to Pay Huge Fine

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 checked in, Righthaven received a huge dose of irony, as a defendant sought Righthaven’s own assets. That’s because Righthaven has …

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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 hit hard by a court order to pay over $34,000 in legal fees. Then, even the publisher of MediaNews Group, …

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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 after having to pay over $34,000 in fines. Now even MediaNews Group, which has employed Righthaven’s services in relation to …

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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 background on the ongoing Righthaven saga, read our previous coverage. Now, Righthaven says it might have to file for bankruptcy, …

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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 copyright trolling ” may be coming to an end. For some reason, that seems hard to believe, considering the amount …

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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 peruse our previous coverage here. Basically, it’s a company that has made a business out of buying copyrights from publishers …

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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 v. Wolf case – the lead federal court case in Colorado, according to the organization. The case involves a blogger …

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Another Righthaven Copyright Case Thrown Out, Only To Be Filed Again

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 the defendant this time. He apparently used the full text of an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a …

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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, it’s a company whose sole purpose appears to be to sue bloggers and media outlets who have used content it …

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Righthaven Complaint Dismissed in Key Case

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 key suit filed by the company. That case would be Righthaven LLC vs. Democratic Underground, LLC, along with the counter-case …

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GoDaddy Takes Down Righthaven Domain

Righthaven is the subject of a bit of irony as it has had its domain taken down by registrar GoDaddy. If you go to Righthaven.com, you will see the message from the image above. If you’re unfamiliar with Righthaven, it is a company which has made a business model out of suing publications and bloggers that it views as infringing …

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Righthaven Wants More than Domains Now

Righthaven, the company that turned copyright lawsuits into a business model, had a claim dismissed by a federal court in Nevada last week. The judge said that the company’s practice of requesting domain names from publications it deems infringers “fails as a matter of law and is dismissed”. That’s according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization dedicated to “defending …

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Righthaven Files Suit Against Ars Technica Writer, Quickly Dismisses It

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 of other Righthaven-initiated lawsuits? Well, it would’ve been over an article that was actually about Righthaven suing others. The article, …

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Copying an Entire Article Without Permission – OK in Some Cases?

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, a company whose business model relies on copyright lawsuits for newspapers, has essentially lost its second fair use case. The …

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Righthaven Appeals Fair Use Ruling

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. 

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Could Full Article-Copying Be Ruled as Fair Use?

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. 

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Testing the Fair Use Balance

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".

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Fair Use Controversy: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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. 

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