Nothing suits them like a suit!
March 29, 2011 12:40 PM Subscribe
posted by SirOmega (18 comments total)
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For over a year now
, Righthaven has been suing bloggers
, news websites
, and now even journalists covering Righthaven
for reproducing, in full or part, articles and pictures from newspapers that it purchases the copyright for. But it might be starting
Generally, on the internet when you notice your copyrighted material posted elsewhere without permission, an email or phone call is sufficient to have it removed or edited down to a fair use excerpt. Beyond that, a take-down request can be used to have the user's ISP/hosting provider to take down the content.
Righthaven skips all of that, suing the websites or individuals involved without any prior notice or warning, then sending a settlement offer for a few thousand dollars, which is likely to be less than the cost of litigation. The most recent tally shows they've sued over 250 people over copyrighted content.
Recent rulings by judges presiding over two cases show that, even if full articles were posted, they still might fall under fair use
, striking a blow against the copyright protection
for newspapers and other publications it has been fighting to defend.