Want To Give Righthaven's Backers A Taste Of Their Own Medicine?

from the getting-meta dept

Okay, I had missed this last week, but this is absolutely hilarious. You may recall, last week we noted the utter hypocrisy of Righthaven's biggest supporter, Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review Journal, defending Righthaven by blatantly copying articles from the blog GametimeIP.com -- and doing so in a manner where it was not at all clear who created the post (I mean, Frederick can't even figure out how to use quotation marks, let alone something as simple as a blockquote).

If you thought it was already convoluted and twisted enough that Frederick would copy someone else's blog to defend his support of Righthaven suing other sites for doing the exact same thing to Frederick and others at the LVRJ, it's now getting even more meta. That's because, as ken points out, the owner of GametimeIP, Patrick Anderson, who had been inundated with questions about this, has decided to put the copyrights for the three blog posts in question up for sale, so that if someone wants to sue Stephens Media and the LVRJ over Frederick's potential infringement, they can do so.

In his explanation for why he is doing so, he basically notes (in much more complicated legalese -- lawyers!) that some of the folks sued by Righthaven over LVRJ content, may find it useful to sue back, in order to highlight the "inconsistent legal positions" of the LVRJ/Stephens Media. And yes, unlike Stephens Media and Righthaven, he's apparently willing to sell all of the Section 106 rights to the buyer...


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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 2:45pm

    Only One Word Fits:

    "Awesome"

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 2:53pm

    Pure schadenfreude reading each of these Righthaven articles. It just gets better and better...

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 2:55pm

    That's the kind of crazy that's good.

     

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    bordy (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:01pm

    I hope someone takes Anderson up on his offer to sell and then opens a professional dialogue with Frederick aimed at affecting a reasonable solution, only after which meaningful litigation may ensue.

    . . .

    On second thought, just extort the everliving shit out of him.

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:16pm

    Smiles

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

     

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    DogBreath, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:30pm

    The odds will be even

    Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

     

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    Khstapp, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:32pm

    Karma

    Karma - it must be a real phenomenon. This is truly cosmic justice at work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:50pm

    Re: The odds will be even

    Sauce is delicious.

     

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    james, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 3:54pm

    myspace

    Myspace sucks!!!

     

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    DogBreath, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: The odds will be even

    It will not be hot or even a warm sauce because in this case: "Revenge is a dish best served cold".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 4:15pm

    I saw we all buy it and sue.
    Kickstarter FTW!

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 5:04pm

    Re:

    This . . . is a fantastic idea. I would love to see a "Sue Righthaven!" project on KickStarter. I can imagine the donation levels.

    $5 Backer - You get: A photograph of Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson crying into his briefcase as his sham of a career dissolves around him.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 5:26pm

    Odd question #31567

    Just an odd question that may boggle minds around here...

    When has it ever been a good idea to sell a "right" you have to anyone else?

    I'm looking at the Bill of Rights, along with the Constitution. Out of everything in either document, the ONLY "right" I could see that needs to be taken off is the 16th Amendment.

    Imagine if someone sold the right to bear arms.

    Imagine if you could sell the right to your free speech to someone else.

    And yet somehow, this right to copy aspects of entertainment is allowed to be sold off for income.

    How does that make sense?

     

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    Ken, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 5:45pm

    If anyone buys it they should file with the exact same wording as Righthaven lawsuits including the domain name of the LVRJ and computers etc and $150,0000 in "irreparable damages". Then call them and tell them it is a lot cheaper to settle than fight it.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 6:14pm

    Re: Re:

    How much for the moire pattern sweater-vest he was sporting in the interview?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 6:47pm

    Re: Odd question #31567

    Jay:

    When has it ever been a good idea to sell a "right" you have to anyone else?


    Because thatís how property rights work.

     

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    David Muir (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 7:56pm

    Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    AC, your answer to a legitimate question is as good as saying "because" without further elaborate. I predict your response to this observation will be "is not."

     

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    David Muir (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    Elaborate=elaboration (grrr)

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 28th, 2011 @ 8:18pm

    Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    "Because thatís how [tangible] property rights work."

    FTFY

     

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    A Guy, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 8:54pm

    It is funny... but I would worry about RightHaven buying the copyright directly or by proxy. Make sure to vet your customers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 9:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    You didn't fix it, you broke it the techdirt way, by ignoring the obvious and eliminating what you don't agree with.

     

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    Pixelation, Jun 28th, 2011 @ 10:26pm

    A poem...

    My name is Righthaven
    my job is to sue
    rights have been given
    so you I will screw

    I have no real right
    but why would that stop me
    in court I will fight
    'cause no one should copy

    We're arrogant pricks
    we act quite obtuse
    a lawsuit that sticks
    will destroy your fair use


    *Feel free to add to this. Claim it as your own if you need to. Have fun!

     

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    Ed C., Jun 28th, 2011 @ 10:34pm

    Re: Odd question #31567

    Well, a copyright is not so much a "right" but an exclusive government granted privilege for certain uses of an artistic work. The grant itself can be transferred to others, similar to the transfer of property ownership. It's basically the only real legal basis for calling copyright "intellectual property". Some people however have mistakenly assumed that meant the idea of exclusive property rights applied to all aspects of copyright.

    That's basically the copyright "IP" debate in nutshell.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 29th, 2011 @ 12:55am

    Re: Odd question #31567

    "Imagine if someone sold the right to bear arms."

    Someone... please think of the bears!

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 29th, 2011 @ 1:17am

    Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    I still want my goddamned arm-bears.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 29th, 2011 @ 3:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Odd question #31567

    Your wish is my command...

    Two of these cuddly critters will be on your doorstep soon. You can supply the chainsaw.. if you can bear it (or they don't eat you first)

    Australias adorable Drop Bear(courtesy Australian Museum)

     

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    Jimr (profile), Jun 29th, 2011 @ 6:23am

    So I wonder who will buy: Sherman Frederick, Stephens Media or Righthaven?

    Could be an interesting bidding war to watch.

     

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    dwg, Jun 29th, 2011 @ 11:35am

    Re: Odd question #31567

    Dude, "rights" are gotten all sorts of ways. They stem from laws, only one source of which is the Constitution. Your pinched view of the word just fails. And I'm with you on the copyright part--I'm just saying: don't over-simplify to get to the good point.

     

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    dwg, Jun 29th, 2011 @ 11:38am

    Re: A poem...

    There once was a dickhead named Gibson
    On TV he seems sort of glib, son
    His sweater reflected, bullshit was detected
    Hope the court hangs him high by the jib, son.

     

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    dwg, Jun 29th, 2011 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re: A poem...

    Righthaven is in quite a jam.
    Turns out that it's "Right" was a sham.
    But the judge saw Right through
    And told Gibson to screw
    Bloggers blogging? We don't give a damn.

     

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    Androgynous Cowherd, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 8:43pm

    (I mean, Frederick can't even figure out how to use quotation marks, let alone something as simple as a blockquote).


    Really? Even some of the ACs in the comments at this blog know how to use blockquote...

     

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    Frederick, Nov 9th, 2011 @ 1:44am

    Frederick

    This is a nice web site. Good fresh interface and nice informative articles. I will be coming back soon, thanks for the great article.keep it up.

     

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