Newspaper Publisher Sues Guy For Posting Article Based On Research He Gave The Paper For Free

from the going-a-bit-far? dept

Earlier this year, we wrote about the company Righthaven, which has some sort of connection to the Las Vegas Journal Review (or, at least, its lawyer), who is now going around suing lots of sites for reposting LVJR content. What was interesting about the lawsuits is that Righthaven never sent any cease-and-desists or DMCA takedowns or anything. It just went straight to suing. That’s allowed… but odd. On top of that, many of the repostings weren’t competitors or sites that were trying to take business away from the LVJR. In fact, in many cases, it involved organizations mentioned in the LVJR who were trying to promote the LVJR.

Apparently, Righthaven and LVJR continue to file these kinds of lawsuits, and they just keep getting more ridiculous. Michael Scott points us to to the fact that Righthaven has sued a guy named Anthony Curtis, who reposted an article from the LVJR that talked about research Curtis had done on ticket prices for entertainment shows in Vegas.

If you’re playing along at home, the LVJR published an article based on research — which it got for free — from Curtis, and when he then tries to highlight that article, the LVJR sues him. As the MediaPost story notes, the LVJR article about Curtis’ research even notes that his annual survey is a “thankless task.” Thankless, indeed.

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Anonymous Coward says:

the difference is how each came to have the others work product. if curtis actively and willingly gave them permission to use his work (or publishes it under one of those confusing creative commons licenses) then he would have not issue with the paper.

his mistake is taking an entire article, based in part of his work, and republishing it without permission. there is no share and share alike rule in the game. he needed to ask permission (which he likely would have received).

you see, the issue isnt permission culture, its people who think they have rights to things and dont.

TtfnJohn (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

There aren’t any “wherefore” and “whereas” clauses there so it’s obviously unenforceable in any law court on the planet.

Plain English is a pleasant pipe dream but it’s not the best way to write a legal document with all these ambulance chasing lawyers running around.

A Creative Commons license would have done the job just as well and with far less fuss.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: in my opinion

A long time ago I read “The Number of the Beast” by Robert Heinlein. In one of his universes, he wrote about how our society rose up and killed all the lawyers…
Year They Hanged the Lawyers
In Beulahland, this momentous event occurred in 1965. It is never mentioned in the history books, and information about it is restricted.

That’s starting to sound like a great idea to me…

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