Righthaven Actually Shows Up In Court, Whines About 'Scorched Earth' Attacks Against It
from the can-we-define-irony? dept
Righthaven became famous for being one of the first copyright holders to go after alleged online infringement... by suing first, without ever sending any sort of takedown notice. That, alone, raised some questions about Righthaven's tactics. The company also -- for no clear reason -- demanded not just payment, but also that sites turn over their own domain names. It was this level of intimidation (via the legal system) that caused many sites to simply settle, rather than pay to fight it. If ever there was a company guilty of using overly aggressive litigation techniques, it would be Righthaven. And yet... in a rather ironic move, the company is now complaining about the tactics used against it
by lawyer Marc Randazza, who has been relentless in pursuing the attorney's fees that the court has ordered Righthaven to pay.
Though, yes, this does mean that Righthaven's lawyer, Shawn Mangano, actually showed up
in court this time. Righthaven also complained that Randazza's efforts were just to get press attention (well, if Righthaven isn't going to pay them, they might as well get publicity some way...). Either way, the judge issued a protective order blocking anyone from revealing the financial information uncovered during a debtor's examination of Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson and his wife.
Separately, an appeals court rejected
Righthaven's attempt to get an injunction to stop Righthaven assets from being auctioned off... It seems like another bad day for those supporting Righthaven.