It's getting a bit repetitive to note just how many times copyright troll Righthaven is losing these days, even as it's entertaining to watch. But this latest loss -- its seventh so far -- is even more interesting, because it's a dismissal of a case that Righthaven already thought it had "won."
The case involved Righthaven suing a guy named Bill Hyatt... who totally ignored the lawsuit. As can happen in such situations, a court clerk simply entered a default judgment against Hyatt. Righthaven seized upon this opportunity to then ask the court (as it did in each of its lawsuits) for more than just a monetary award: it asked for his domain. We had noted how silly it was for Righthaven to always demand the domains of those it sued, as there's no such remedy in copyright law, but here it thought it could put one over on the court. As we noted back in February, the Media Bloggers Association stepped into the case
and filed an amicus brief (via Marc Randazza) questioning Righthaven's claims. And, now, beyond just not getting the domain, the judge has decided to dismiss the whole case for lack of standing, since (once again) the judge has realized that Righthaven doesn't actually hold the copyright it claims to hold. Ah Righthaven. These days, it can't even win a case when the other side doesn't even show up.