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Righthaven Revisited
Righthaven Revisited

AIR DATE: September 23, 2010

Righthaven LLC has sued more than 100 bloggers and website operators around the country for copyright infringement. It's scared the bejeezus out of a lot of small time operations. Some have settled and some have vowed to fight the Righthaven machine saying the company is engaging in legal terrorism.

Texas resident Colleen Lynn hasn't been sued, but she scrambled to remove RJ stories from her site when she heard Righthaven was prowling the web looking for people to sue. She also set up a blog to help inform and train bloggers on how to avoid being sued by Righthaven. After previously dismissing (at least to us) the Righthaven case, the highly influential Electronic Frontier Foundation is now actively seeking solid cases to defend against Righthaven.

And in another weird twist, Righthaven has sued Sharon Angle over entire RJ articles she's posted on her website. That creates a wrinkle because of the RJ's (Sherm Frederick's) traditional dislike of Harry Reid. We revisit the Righthaven cases.

Colleen Ray, blogger and activist, Lynn Media Group
Eric Goldman, Assoc Prof, Santa Clara U School of Law
Steve Friess, freelance journalist and blogger,
Peter Menell, Prof of Law and Dir of Berkeley Ctr for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law
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    If LVRJ / Righthaven feels its content is so valuable, why doesn't it do a better job of protecting it - i.e. with a right-click protect script, or by placing it behind a paid content subscription model?
    Aynnie [via email]Sep 21, 2010 09:52:42 AM
    I operate a website that provides a daily critique of the Review Journal. I always provide direct links to the paper's work. However, the RJ's "free" archive involves just 7 days of articles. I must screen shot or save the source articles for future reference. The RJ has bucked the national trend. All major newspapers realize that there is benefit for the wider audience their reports gain through online sharing. They also protect their copyrights with simple requests to take down information they view as proprietary. The RJ simply wants to use this to earn money. It's the only way they can view the 21st century through the lens of an 18th century business model.
    Erin NeffSep 21, 2010 09:40:00 AM
    From Anthony Curtis to Kirvin Doak Communications and even the Sharron Angle campaign, it's become common practice and even good for business to include "press" rooms on websites showcasing where PR firms or sources, or public figures have received coverage in the is this going to affect that practice? Personally I think the fact that they are only obtaining copyrights from the RJ that have actually already been posted elsewhere proves some of their intent, why not obtain all RJ copyrights?
    Justin McVaySep 21, 2010 09:30:51 AM
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