Righthaven Sues Senate Candidate Sharron Angle
from the copyrighter-in-training? dept
After Righthaven kicked off its mass lawsuits against various websites for reposting some parts of Las Vegas Review Journal articles, some folks wondered if Righthaven would sue US Senate candidate Sharron Angle, since she appeared to be reposting parts of some LVRJ stories on the campaign website. And, it took a little while, but late last week, Sharron Angle was, in fact, sued for copyright infringement over posting those LVRJ articles. Apparently, with Angle, Righthaven is claiming two separate copyrights, and demanding $150,000 — twice its normal request for $75,000.
Of course, what’s really ironic here is that Sharron Angle is the candidate we talked about back in July — claiming copyright infringement by Senator Harry Reid, who she’s challenging in the election, after Reid set up a clone site of Angle’s old website, which had some content Angle wanted to distance herself from. And when confronted on this issue, Angle insisted she would sue, though as far as I can tell, no lawsuit was ever actually filed.
So, it’s not as if Angle is any sort of champion for smarter copyright lawsuits. I’ve seen some people think that, because of this lawsuit by Righthaven, if she gets elected, perhaps she’ll speak up for better copyright laws, but that seems unlikely. Still, it is somewhat ironic that she was claiming copyright infringement by Reid, while at the very same time, taking chunks of the LVRJ — especially since Righthaven’s lawsuits were already ongoing at that point. I would imagine that Angle’s words at the time might come back to haunt her here:
“Well your website is like you, it’s your intellectual property,” Angle said. “So they can’t use something that’s yours, intellectual property, unless they pay you for it or get your permission… And he didn’t ask me for it, and he didn’t pay me for it.”
Still, with a lawsuit against someone so high profile, perhaps it will get more people paying attention to just how ridiculous Righthaven’s lawsuits have become.