Righthaven.com Domain Sells For $3,300

from the not-that-much dept

Andrew Allemann alerts us to the news that at the close of the Righthaven.com domain auction, the domain has sold for... $3,300. That's not going to do much to help pay off the attorney fees owed to Marc Randazza. Now we just have to wait to find out who bought it and what they're going to do with it.


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    A Guy (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:39am

    Congratulations Righthaven! You finally got your precedent for domain a seizure due to copyright violations/misuse.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:42am

    Whois shows rimonlaw.com owns it (or at least someone there) and the website redirects to snapnames.com (404); probably being moved...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:49am

    Rimon Law

    from their site: 'SOPA will help copyright holders protect the rights that copyright law grants them by suppressing free speech and impeding the functioning of the Internet, with predictable consequences on American jobs.'

    So their heart seems to be in the right place. though i am not sure about: 'our grandparents didn’t “pirate” copyrighted works because they couldn’t'. would like to bet that they lent / shared copies of books for their file server (bookcase) to friends and family and thus 'deprived content creators of sales'.

    I wonder why they bough the domain?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:49am

    Still holding out hope it will become an online resource for people targeted in the copyright shakedown games being played here.

     

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    AJ (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:54am

    Justice

    So they found their end from the very legal system they were trying to use to extort money from their victims. Fitting...

    I wonder if they had used all that money and effort to service the under served customers (Pirates), if we would not be talking about them being the next big thing instead of circling the bowl?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:05am

    Re: Justice

    The "Pirates" in this case were people who had the audacity to share parts of all of a news story with others.
    It wasn't undeserved customers who were the problem but a publisher drunk on the idea that everyone owes him money for seeing any portion of an article.
    They never filed a notice as required by law and always went immediately to suing.
    They are a prime example of what happens when you have no checks in the system to make sure "copyright holders" (the rights in these cases were ruled to be sham transfers of just the right to sue, and never disclosed the money flowing back to the actual rights holder) are held to the letter of the law.
    Now after the delusional responses to the courts ruling against them and calling them out for procedural errors, they have more than likely hidden all of the money and are hoping they can still win cases.
    If you Google the name now some of the top results are for lawfirms looking for clients for lawsuits, possibly class action suits, against Righthaven.

     

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    hmm (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:10am

    Re:

    I'm sure the sale of the domain is just the registrar giving Righthaven some guidance on how to handle future domain seizures.................

     

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    Trails (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:11am

    Might I suggest

    redirect to a certain goatish site?

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:20am

    Maybe someone could turn it into a "Righthaven Excuse Generator" utilizing this classic shot of Steve Gibson exposing his power cords while attempting to answer an incoming call with his left nostril.

    It could serve up insanely hilarious (and hilarious insane) excuses for any situation, including getting out of work and explaining your failure to pay child support. Bill collectors calling you up at all hours demanding payment? Click on Steve's tie for a choice bit of Righthaven wisdom:

    Due to pending appeals and the stay of certain active litigation matters, my operating capital is being utilized to service my monthly operating expenses, hence I am unable to allocate the funds you require.

    Your neighbors upset that you took their summer vacation road trip as an open invitation to swim in their pool and read their mail?

    There’s no question, we’ve blazed some trails here. We understand there are some differences of opinion as to whether that provides us with standing.

     

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    JT, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:28am

    Re:

    Gotta love that picture,

    another excuse for missing work:

    "Sorry my lawyer advised me that meeting was tomorrow"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:38am

    Re: Re:

    No the domain seizure and sale was purely to do with unpaid debt, hardly a precedent for seizure due to copyright violations.

     

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    Simon, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:39am

    Re:

    Definitely justifies becoming a meme.

     

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    Loki, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:39am

    It'll be interesting to see if they actually show up in court today.

     

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    I-Blz, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:48am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Your sarc-o-meter needs checking, bud.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I've checked it and changed the batteries, it's working fine.
    But perhaps I was unhelpfully unclear about whose comment I was commenting on hmm's comment works but A guy's doesn't.

    Hmm's was a real * Bazinga *

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:02am

    Pulling a Righthaven - To completely mess up in the law and life in general.

     

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    Suja (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:04am

    why the hell would you even want to buy that crap anyways?? i don't get it

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:07am

    Re:

    Can always hope its "sophisticatedjanedoe" from fightcopyrighttrolls.com

     

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    A Guy (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Check it one more time. Maybe you blew out the flux capacitor?

    Try troubleshooting it here:
    http://sarcasmmeter.net/

    Or, maybe you just didn't realize that Righthaven
    repeatedly demanded its victims surrender their domain.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:28am

    Re: Re:

    I spoke with SJD when I first heard the domain was up for sale. I know I lacked the resources for even the initial bid price, but it would have been nice to have a central location for all of the people working against the trolls to post to.

     

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    Spaceboy (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:29am

    Re: Might I suggest

    Or some other site...maybe something to do with lemons...

     

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    AJ (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    Re: Re: Justice

    I guess what I was trying to say was that their (The publishers) money would have been better spent hiring a marketing firm to increase business, not a law firm to sue potential customers....

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:00am

    Re: Re:

    You mean like "You've been Righthavened?"

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Justice

    Well the problem is copyright is the new exciting way to make money in this country. Lawyers tell them they have rights to get upto $150,000 each time, but we can get a few thousand easily from people who would spend that much defending themselves from these cases.

    The deck is rigged to favor the rightsholders, and the people they target are often not educated about how the system is supposed to work.

    The publisher didn't need a marketing firm, he needed a clue firm. If people were posting snippets of their articles, a nicely written email asking for a link back to their site (if there wasn't one) would have gone much further. Louis CK showed how far a polite request can go, and the benefits that come from a little kindness as your first step.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:26am

    Re: Rimon Law

    "I wonder why they bough the domain?"

    Rimon Law is the receiver appointed by the court to seize and auction off Righthaven's assets. They are the seller, not the buyer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:30am

    Re: Re: Rimon Law

    ah, sorry

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:56am

    They should use the site for piracy.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 9:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Something like this?

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 9:14am

    They should use this as a Torrent Site or use it as an Anti-SOPA/PIPA Site
    SOPA/PIPA = WAR

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 9:41am

    New Havens

    The next 24 to 48 hours will be most interesting to discover who the buyer was.

    To become a piracy site would be most enjoyable like placing your own flag in an enemy's headquarters. The second place option would have to be an information site about how to battle copyright trolls.

    What would be most depressing is if another copyright troll or law business purchased this domain.

    At least we can be thankful that it did not sell for much but for some minor domain name if was still as serious price.

     

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    A Guy (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 11:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Also, I would call suing people over copyrights you don't own a clear copyright violation.

     

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    Sarah, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    REALLY.

    Kind of hilarious. Can't wait to see what happens next in this ridiculous game they've been trying to play...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    Re: Rimon Law

    Anyone who has ever read The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin knows he would of been consider a pirate today. He would borrow books and take them home and stay up all night copying them by hand before he returned them.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 10th, 2012 @ 8:21am

    Re: Re: Re:

    You mean like "You've been Righthavened?"


    righthavened [rahyt-hey-vuhn-ed]
    —verb
    1. to be particularly inept, usually in the context of legal proceedings: The Department of Justice really righthavened the Dajaz1 case.

     

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    timmaguire42 (profile), Jan 10th, 2012 @ 12:39pm

    $3,300? They overpaid, IMO

    What would you do with "Righthaven.com"? Its only possible use would be making fun of Righthaven, a joke with a shelf life of about 3 months.

     

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    Ilfar, Jan 10th, 2012 @ 11:25pm

    Re: Re: Might I suggest

    One of the most fun of shock site images, Lemon Party features NSFWSTUFFS. This cross stitch pattern is a digitized version of the infamous image. The pattern itself is 6x4" if stitched on 18ct and has 32 colors.

    Why, god? WHY? Cross-stitch Lemon Party?!?

    I was searching for something witty to do with lemons... The internets have beaten me at my own game o.o

     

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