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  • Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead

    05/09/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    arstechnica (can't be posted to FR per copyright complaint) | May 9, 2013 | by Nate Anderson
    "Never had standing to sue, Ninth Circuit confirms."
  • Gibson remains CEO of Righthaven, appeals to continue

    11/01/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    vegas inc ^ | 31 October 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright lawsuit saga will continue indefinitely after a judge on Wednesday blocked efforts to have Righthaven's CEO fired and its appeals canceled. Righthaven is known for filing 275 no-warning lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. As a company, as opposed to being a law firm, Righthaven had acquired copyrights from the newspapers for lawsuit purposes. It sued individuals, companies and nonprofits it claimed infringed on the copyrights by posting content from the newspapers online without authorization. The company essentially shut down last year after judges in three...
  • Court tosses Righthaven fair use appeal

    08/08/2012 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | by Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright lawsuit company Righthaven LLC suffered another setback Wednesday when an appeals court dismissed one of its appeals. The dismissal was requested by the nonprofit Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) in Portland, Ore., which won a key fair-use ruling last year against Righthaven. The dismissal was granted Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which cited case law that appeared to back arguments by the CIO that Righthaven could no longer participate in the case since creditors had seized the copyrights it sues over. In layman’s terms, the CIO argued Righthaven no longer...
  • Righthaven founder fights to stay on as CEO

    07/03/2012 9:28:13 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 2 July 2012 9:30 p.m. | By Steve Green (contact)
    Righthaven LLC founder Steven Gibson insisted Monday he remains in charge of the Las Vegas company and asked a judge to block efforts to fire him as CEO. Gibson filed papers in federal court in Las Vegas challenging recent actions by Lara Pearson, a Lake Tahoe-area attorney appointed by the court last year to take control of Righthaven assets and to sell them for the benefit of creditors.
  • First Amendment attorney joins effort to shut down Righthaven

    06/30/2012 6:08:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 430 june 2012 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas First Amendment attorney Allen Lichtenstein has joined the initiative to shut down copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC. Lichtenstein said Friday he's signed on to represent the receiver who claims to control Righthaven and who plans to put an end to Righthaven pursuing appeals of its legal setbacks. After judges rejected its lawsuits and its assets were seized by creditors in December, Righthaven continued to operate solely to pursue those appeals. And as recently as June 22, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson publicly claimed to be the CEO of Righthaven and had openly hired an outside attorney to...
  • Righthaven receiver moves to fire CEO Steven Gibson

    06/26/2012 5:41:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 26 june 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright infringement litigation took a bizarre turn Monday when Righthaven's court-appointed receiver moved to fire Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson. The receiver, Lake Tahoe-area attorney Lara Pearson, filed papers in federal court in Las Vegas saying Gibson has been taking actions to harm the company, that she is terminating him and that she plans to have Righthaven sue him for malpractice. Gibson didn't say Monday if he would formally contest Pearson’s actions, but he made it clear he opposes them. "I do not think it appropriate to litigate this matter in the press, but you can note that...
  • Righthaven copyrights fail to sell at auction

    05/07/2012 4:00:40 PM PDT · by posterchild · 18 replies
    Vegas Inc ^ | May 7, 2012 | Steve Green
    Creditors of Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC are licking their wounds after no one bid for Righthaven copyrights in an eBay auction that ended Saturday. Through the auction, it was made clear that certain Righthaven copyrights have no real value, either because of the type of content they cover or because of legal uncertainties about their validity. “It would seem that everything that Righthaven and its parade of idiots touch turns to garbage,” said Las Vegas attorney Marc Randazza, whose firm is trying to recover legal fees after beating back a Righthaven lawsuit on behalf of a client....
  • Nonprofit seeks donations to cover Righthaven copyright lawsuit costs

    04/26/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/26/2012 | By Steve Green
    A Virginia nonprofit is asking for donations to cover the $30,000 it spent successfully fighting a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League Inc. (VCDL), a gun rights group in Newington, Va., was sued by Las Vegas-based Righthaven in September 2010.
  • Review-Journal owner facing $774,000 fee demand in Righthaven case

    04/11/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/11/2012 | By Steve Green
    Attorneys say the owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal should be required to pay $774,683 in legal fees for what critics call a failed ''shakedown'' copyright infringement lawsuit that threatened the free speech rights of a political website. The attorneys represent the Democratic Underground, a website that defeated Righthaven LLC, the R-J’s copyright enforcement partner, in one of Righthaven’s copyright infringement lawsuits. If attorneys for the Democratic Underground have their way, the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens will be paying their fees for two reasons:
  • Court Declares Newspaper Excerpt on Online Forum is a Non-Infringing Fair Use

    03/11/2012 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    EFF ^ | 3/12/2012 | EFF
    Late Friday, the federal district court in Nevada issued a declaratory judgment that makes is harder for copyright holders to file lawsuits over excerpts of material and burden online forums and their users with nuisance lawsuits. The judgment – part of the nuisance lawsuit avalanche started by copyright troll Righthaven – found that Democratic Underground did not infringe the copyright in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper article when a user of the online political forum posted a five-sentence excerpt, with a link back to the newspaper's website. Judge Roger Hunt’s judgment confirms that an online forum is not liable for...
  • Judge strips Righthaven of rights to 278 copyrights and its trademark

    03/06/2012 8:07:00 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 5 March 2012 7:29 p.m. | By Steve Green
    Like a gunfighter with no bullets, Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC no longer has any copyrights to sue over. A federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday stripped Righthaven of whatever interests it has in its 278 federal copyright registrations as well as its trademark. Judge Philip Pro ordered that the copyrights and trademarks be transferred to a court-appointed receiver so they can be auctioned to cover some of Righthaven’s debts.
  • Righthaven in default again with state

    02/17/2012 10:29:21 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    VEGASINC ^ | Feb 178, 2012 | By Steve Green
    Righthaven LLC’s financial position appears to have deteriorated further: For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas company's state business license has expired and now it’s listed in default. Records at the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, which handles incorporation matters, show Righthaven’s business license expired Jan. 31. The development indicates the copyright infringement lawsuit filer either can’t or won’t come up with the $200 needed to reactivate the license. A request for comment was placed with Righthaven on the issue. This is just the latest symptom of financial problems at Righthaven, where a creditor is trying to...
  • State Bar of Nevada Probes 3 Lawyers Who Helped Righthaven Pursue Copyright Claims

    01/14/2012 4:03:07 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    American Bar Association ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Martha Neil
    The State Bar of Nevada is investigating the CEO of Righthaven, a company known for its prolific filing of copyright lawsuits against bloggers who allegedly infringed by reposting newspaper content, as well as two lawyers who worked there. ... a federal judge in Las Vegas has fined Righthaven $5,000 and rebuked the company for “inaccurate and likely dishonest” statements in court filings, the article continues. The judge also suggested that the company could have been involved in unauthorized practice of law.
  • Copyright Office Seeks To Make It More Difficult To Retain DMCA Safe Harbors

    12/29/2011 2:08:51 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies ^ | Dec 28, 2011 | by Mike Masnick
    Almost missed this one, but Eric Goldman alerts us to the dozen comments filed with the US Copyright Office concerning its plan to force everyone to keep re-registering their official DMCA agent in order to keep retaining the DMCA's safe harbors. As we've discussed in the past, in order to make use of the DMCA's safe harbors, you have to register an official DMCA agent with the Copyright Office. In fact, we've suggested that anyone running a blog or forum site do exactly that. Many of the companies that were successfully sued by Righthaven (before it was discovered Righthaven didn't...
  • Dismantling of Righthaven appears under way with loss of website

    12/22/2011 1:29:49 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 27 replies
    Vegasinc ^ | 12/22/12 | Steve Green
    The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver. As noted by the Righthaven Victims website critical of Righthaven, the website on Thursday was no longer operational and that domain name was “parked” at domain name hoster — apparently so it can be auctioned. Records at Network Solutions, which tracks domain names, showed control of Righthaven’s website domain name was transferred Wednesday to Randazza Legal Group, which represents Righthaven creditor Wayne Hoehn. However, attorney Marc Randazza said that information...
  • RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal

    12/12/2011 9:33:42 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 5, 2011 | Kurt Opsahl
    December 5, 2011 | By Kurt Opsahl RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal The Association of American Publishers and the Recording Industry Association of America have decided to cozy up to a copyright troll, filing an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit appeal of Righthaven v. Hoehn.  The Hoehn case is one of many decisions where a district court dismissed the case brought by copyright troll Righthaven. Indeed, Righthaven has lost on the merits every single time a court has considered its arguments (before six judges and counting). In Hoehn, the court correctly found both that Righthaven did not...
  • Righthaven backed into a corner; copyrights to be auctioned

    12/12/2011 5:24:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | by Steve Green
    Copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas faced more problems Monday after a federal judge granted a defendant’s motion that Righthaven be placed under control of a receiver and that its copyrights be auctioned off, giving it nothing to sue or appeal over. U.S. District Judge Philip Pro granted the motion made by attorneys for defendant Wayne Hoehn, who said a receiver was needed to run the company and that its assets should be auctioned. That was after Righthaven failed to pay their attorney’s fees and U.S. Marshals were unable to round up enough Righthaven assets to cover their...
  • Righthaven Case Ends in Victory for Fair Use

    11/22/2011 11:45:01 AM PST · by RobertClark · 25 replies
    EFF ^ | 11/18/2011 | EFF
    San Francisco - In a victory for fair use, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Stephens Media, filed papers yesterday conceding that posting a short excerpt of a news article in an online forum is not copyright infringement. The concession will result in entry of a judgment of non-infringement in a long-running copyright troll case that sparked the dismissal of dozens of baseless lawsuits filed by Righthaven LLC. The case began when the online political forum Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven...
  • Beating Righthaven LLC

    11/03/2011 11:46:28 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 4, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    A must read for bloggers of all stripes: how Donald Douglas from American Power  whupped the copyright trolls in court... 'Beating Righthaven' -here-
  • Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets

    11/02/2011 1:22:13 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 26 replies ^ | 11/02/2011 | Steve Green
    Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs. Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven —but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer. Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the Las...