Sherman Fredericks 'Steals'* From Me

from the where's-my-corvette dept

On Friday, we pointed out that Sherman Fredericks, the former CEO of Stephens Media and publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal (who lost his job last month), seemed to have a rather hypocritical view on copyright infringement, embedding an infringing Saturday Night Live video on his blog. This was the same guy who famously announced that as CEO, he had Stephens Media “grubstake” (i.e., “fund”) Righthaven, the company that has sued bloggers for quoting even snippets of LVRJ articles. He was quoted as saying that it was no different than stealing a Corvette out of his driveway. So, according to Mr. Fredericks, reposting 4 paragraphs out of a 34-paragraph article — or about 12% (as Righthaven did in <a http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/aug/11/righthaven-sues-democratic-underground-website-ove/” target=”_blank”>at least one case) is just like stealing a Corvette. Ok.

So, it seems rather amusing to me, as pointed out by iamtheky that Federicks seemed to have absolutely no issue whatsoever with copying from my blog in trying to mock our post about Righthaven suing Matt Drudge. He quoted one sentence out of a five sentence post — or 20%. In other words, he copied more of my post than was copied on some of the sites Righthaven is suing. So, I’m confused, Sherm, is copying stealing or not? And why is it okay for you to do it to me, but not for others to do it? And where’s my damn Corvette?

On top of all that, to make it even more silly, Fredericks misrepresents what I said. I questioned why anyone would rely on a Righthaven-connected newspaper as a source ever again, for fear of getting tied up in a bogus legal fight, and he says I really mean “use without permission.” No, Sherm, that’s not what I meant at all, and you know it. I said as a source. I said nothing about copying anything — though you seem to have no problem “stealing Corvettes” from me when it suits your needs, huh?

* For those who miss the obvious intent here, no, I’m not actually accusing Sherman Fredericks of “stealing” from me, because that’s ridiculous, and copying is not “stealing” in any way shape, or form. I’m merely pointing out the hypocrisy of Fredericks by highlighting how he does not live up to his own confused standard.

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Gabriel Tane (profile) says:

Re: Wow...

Not sure if I got thru his paywall or something, but here’s the info as of 12/13/2010 4:10 EST. Sorry for the bulk-pasting, but I’m too lazy to reformat 23 posts. Read at your own risk. By the way, that kickass ‘vroom vroom’ sound is my new 23-post horsepower Corvette. Like it? I would have preferred a bitchin’ camaro myself. πŸ˜‰

23 Responses to “Update on Internet content stealing”
Is that really full disclosure? No.

More lies right to our face.
Written by: Captain Obvious on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 4:57 PM — Report abuse

“If when he says “use” he means “use without permission….”

You mean like the SNL TSA video YOU used without permission that is now blocked by SNL on your article? Your level of your hypocrisy is stunning.
Written by: Tonik on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM — Report abuse

I, too, would like to the explanation on that one.
Written by: Captain Obvious on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM — Report abuse

It was my understanding that full disclosure meant FULL disclosure; doesn’t that mean the columnist would be disclosing his personal involvement in the Rightwing..ehmm, Righthaven scam?
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM — Report abuse

Your “understanding”? That’s giving yourself way too much credit. But enlighten us, big boy. What is my “personal” relationship with Righthaven?
Written by: Sherm on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM — Report abuse

Gee Sherm, I woulda thought you woulda made a full disclosure, since that’s what you said. Maybe you don’t understand what that means; look it up. I know you have so much “other” stuff to do, like write the lead ins for stories that other people write, but maybe you could assign…no wait a minute, you lost that authority, well, then maybe YOU could look it up yourself. Try a Google search for Rightwin…Righthaven and attorney and Sherm Frederick relationship. That should get you started.
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM — Report abuse

Here’s a description for you of a MORE “full disclosure though: “The newspaper is currently involved in a controversy over the licensing of its content to Righthaven LLC, a litigation firm that was “grubstaked” by Stephens Media.” Is that enough, or “do you want another?”
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM — Report abuse

Don’t try to slither out. What is my “personal” relationship with Righthaven?
Written by: Sherm on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM — Report abuse

Sherm: Tell us all now that you have no such relationship. Stop playing games, you assert you made “full disclosure” are you lying or telling the “truth”?
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 9:16 PM — Report abuse

Or, since you’re “apparently” interested, how ’bout explaining this quote: “former Review-Journal Publisher Sherman Frederick’s “published threat was unequivocal: ‘don’t steal our content. Or, I promise you, you will meet my little friend called Righthaven.”‘ Now, I don’t know ’bout you Sherm, but when I call someone a “friend” its cause I got a “personal relationship with them. Maybe its me huh?
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM — Report abuse

How dare newspapers try to protect their unique content.

What unique content?
Written by: Jerry.Sturdivant on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 6:50 AM — Report abuse

@Aformer…. the problem is that you’re taking the word “friend” literally and using it in a rational world. Now slip on Sherm’s slippers and look at it from his perspective…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVKPzmR1gds

(note — youtube link does bot go to pirated content, unlike a certain former publishers did recently)
Written by: wilfred.johnson on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 7:25 AM — Report abuse

It’s fun forcing mindless posters, like aform, to back up their statements. Of course, in this case he can neither put up … or shut up.
Written by: Sherm on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM — Report abuse

It’s fun forcing mindless posters, like aform, to back up their statements.

isn’t it though?

take for example the mindless poster who wrote on December 4th, “I’m against higher unemployment and deficit spending no matter who the president is.”

HA — that poster still hasn’t backed up HIS statement — despite his ginormous body of work. Wonder why?

lol.
Written by: wilfred.johnson on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:17 AM — Report abuse

Anyone believe Sherm made a “full disclosure”? Now, I know, I know, no one with any sense believes much (if anything) that Sherm writes anyway, but seriously “Stephens Media is a CLIENT”…of Rightwinghaven? Thanks for being the same BS artist in your current job, that you were in your former one Sherm! At least for as long as you get to keep this one that is.
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:42 AM — Report abuse

Your boss owns half of Righthaven.

That is full disclosure, you lying twit.
Written by: Captain Obvious on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 2:23 PM — Report abuse

Sherm, don’t leave your peeps hanging —- you’ve got loose strings floating all over this thread.

Oh — I know. this is going to be like every other time you’ve “slithered out” on your obligations. right?

lol — so predictable.
Written by: wilfred.johnson on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM — Report abuse

Ignorant babble.
Written by: Sherm on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM — Report abuse

“Ignorant babble.”

Does that count as another days “work” Sherm?
Written by: Aformerrepublican on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM — Report abuse

lol — “ignorant babble”? why so dismissive, Sherm? Seems you keep prying open Pandora’s box then complain that you’re to pooped out when the fun’s about to start.

or were talking about the guy who babbled, on Dec 4th, “I’m against higher unemployment and deficit spending no matter who the president is.”?

lol.
Written by: wilfred.johnson on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM — Report abuse

Any plans Sherm to discuss your unauthorized use of the SNL/TSA skit and their blocking you from showing anymore because of the copyright violation? Or are you prohibited from discussing it because Righthaven is suing you?
Written by: Tonik on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM — Report abuse

I love how this man has no hestitation about flat-out lying under the guise of journalism.

What a shameful display. I’m embarrassed for giving you the page views.

Your boss owns half of Righthaven, you lying twit.
Written by: Captain Obvious on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM — Report abuse

It’s fun forcing mindless posters, like aform, to back up their statements.

Be when we challenge you; you seem to be ‘mindlessly’ absent. May we consider an absence of response as acquiescence?
Written by: Jerry.Sturdivant on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at 6:34 AM — Report

Hulser (profile) says:

Re: Wow...

The comment string on that post of his is absolutely PRICELESS. Too bad it’s paywalled; I could really do a Dark Helmet gem on that one….

Based on his other repsonses, I think he would have ignored you altogether or nitpicked some minor semantic issue in your post. Based on his article and his replies, I believe that Fredericks just doesn’t see what he’s done as hypocritical.

(On the main page of his post, it says 0 comments. I only saw the comments when I clicked the “leave a response” link. Weird.)

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

If TD material is “use as you like”, what is the point? If Mr Masnick chooses not to copyright his material, or chooses to release it into the public domain, or any other form of “use it if you like” license, why complain?

The rest of the post is a play on semantics, meaningless considering TD’s stand on copying their material.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“If TD material is “use as you like”, what is the point? If Mr Masnick chooses not to copyright his material, or chooses to release it into the public domain, or any other form of “use it if you like” license, why complain?”

I’ll try to break this down real simple like for you:

The difference between those that enforce this type of copyright and those that don’t is a philisophical one, not one of technicalities. The whole reasoning behind Sherman enforcing his copyright to the extreme should create within him a moral obligation not to do the same to others, regardless of how they feel about copyright.

If quoting snippets of articles is bad, then it’s bad. The problem is that Sherman only seems to think it’s bad for some and not others. That’s an inequitable moral position, and it spotlights the fact that his stated reasons for enforcing copyright aren’t truly his reasons at all….

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

“whole reasoning behind Sherman enforcing his copyright to the extreme should create within him a moral obligation not to do the same to others, regardless of how they feel about copyright.”

Most people don’t see things as black and white, they see shades of grey. These people can hypocrate as much as they do for two reason, they are dishonest with themselves, and they see shades of grey.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

If TD material is “use as you like”, what is the point? If Mr Masnick chooses not to copyright his material, or chooses to release it into the public domain, or any other form of “use it if you like” license, why complain?

The rest of the post is a play on semantics, meaningless considering TD’s stand on copying their material.

Oh yeah, I forgot Mike’s works are licensed. Thanks. Even if they weren’t, Shermy’s use is clearly fair.

Ron Rezendes (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

Another giant “Whoosh!” as the point sails to the spot right between your narrow eyes and embeds itself in your even narrower mind!

According to Sherm there is no fair use. Most would expect that viewpoint would apply to everyone, including ones self if you are so inclined to share the point of view. however, in typical Congressional fashion, Sherm has decided (by example no less) that he really means there is no fair use for anyone else except himself.

Hypocrites are ALWAYS wrong at least half the time! ~Rezendes

Thanks for playing our game – there are some lovely parting gifts waiting for you backstage…

Silly rabbit!

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Another giant “Whoosh!” as the point sails to the spot right between your narrow eyes and embeds itself in your even narrower mind!

According to Sherm there is no fair use. Most would expect that viewpoint would apply to everyone, including ones self if you are so inclined to share the point of view. however, in typical Congressional fashion, Sherm has decided (by example no less) that he really means there is no fair use for anyone else except himself.

Hypocrites are ALWAYS wrong at least half the time! ~Rezendes

Thanks for playing our game – there are some lovely parting gifts waiting for you backstage…

Silly rabbit!

What’s with all the personal attacks around here? Sheesh. Sorry I believe what I believe and it may be something different than what you believe.

Please point me to where Shermy says “there is no fair use.”

The Infamous Joe (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

What’s with all the personal attacks around here?

Dude, don’t make me dig through all your old posts and link them. Seriously, is hypocrisy contagious? I agree that personal attacks are stupid, but you are also no stranger to tossing them around, are you?

Please point me to where Shermy says “there is no fair use.”

Are you looking for those exact words, or words that mean those words? I doubt he said those 5 words, but if you take the time to read Mike’s post above and all the others about this subject, you’ll see that this man clearly feels that any use of another’s copyrighted works equates to stealing an expensive car. I find it tough to mentally reconcile someone who says reposting a blurb from an article is stealing with someone who believes in Fair Use.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Re:

Dude, don’t make me dig through all your old posts and link them. Seriously, is hypocrisy contagious? I agree that personal attacks are stupid, but you are also no stranger to tossing them around, are you?

I have gotten personal in the past, and that was wrong. What’s that got to do with the attacks on me in this thread?

Are you looking for those exact words, or words that mean those words? I doubt he said those 5 words, but if you take the time to read Mike’s post above and all the others about this subject, you’ll see that this man clearly feels that any use of another’s copyrighted works equates to stealing an expensive car. I find it tough to mentally reconcile someone who says reposting a blurb from an article is stealing with someone who believes in Fair Use.

Is he against all use, including fair? Or is he only against infringing use? I think it’s an important distinction.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:7 Re:

If he opposes fair use, why is he stealing other people’s corvettes?

If he is for fair use, why is he suing what clearly is fair use of someone else quoting his articles?

I doubt very much he is against fair use. And as far as Righthaven goes, I don’t think it’s fair to say they are suing those using “what is clearly fair use” of LVRJ articles. Obviously whether or not it’s fair use in those cases is debatable, and in the few cases I read the complaint in I didn’t see anything that was “clearly” fair use.

Ron Rezendes (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

Wow – really?

Just wow – since reading comprehension seems to be difficult for you I’ll isolate the sentence from the paragraph that would indicate Shermy is obviously against fair use – for others, that is:

“This was the same guy who famously announced that as CEO, he had Stephens Media “grubstake” (i.e., “fund”) Righthaven, the company that has sued bloggers for quoting even snippets of LVRJ articles.”

The point where he is a hypocrite and Mike points it out occurs here:
that Federicks seemed to have absolutely no issue whatsoever with copying from my blog in trying to mock our post about Righthaven suing Matt Drudge. He quoted one sentence out of a five sentence post — or 20%. In other words, he copied more of my post than was copied on some of the sites Righthaven is suing. So, I’m confused, Sherm, is copying stealing or not? And why is it okay for you to do it to me, but not for others to do it?

Tomorrow we’ll discuss hypocrisy, inference and insincerity in depth as well as how to fill out unemployment forms if you decide incorrectly using these three traits are good for business and/or a wise career move.

Class dismissed, thank you for your attendance.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Re:

Ron, it’s all fine, I understand all that. There is one problem though:

TD encourages people to use their material any way possible. LVRJ does not. The only hypocritical move here seems to be putting material into open use, and then mocking people for doing it.

It is the information age version of entrapment, I think.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:6 Re:

So, if some guy freaks out every time someone walks over his lawn, and goes to the police and tries to lobby for greater lawn protection, and sues people who walk on his lawn… and his neighbor doesn’t mind or yell at people walking on his lawn, is it not hypocritical for the first guy to go to the second guy’s house and walk all over his lawn?

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:7 Re:

That is wrong, actually. LVRJ had multiple links on their articles for people to share or copy them to make use of them, and then SUED PEOPLE for using the links. So, how does LVRJ not encourage people to use the material?

Those share links only allow you to share a link to the original article on the LVRJ site. They do not allow you to share the text of the article. Go to http://www.lvrj.com/ and see for yourself. Of course they aren’t suing people for using the links they provide for sharing. That wouldn’t make sense.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Re:

Just because you quote “snippets” doesn’t make it fair use. The 20% figure is misleading. You can quote 20% of one article and have it be fair use, and you can quote 20% of another article and it’s infringement. There is no magic percentage that converts the use into fair use, and you have to look at the whole picture. Sherm was quoting Mike for the purpose of commenting and criticizing on what Mike said. This is classic fair use.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:7 Re:

This is what the people Righthaven is suing were doing: commenting on the articles. How is it NOT fair use for them to do it, but it is for Mr Fredericks to do it? That is the essence of hypocrisy.

That’s a huge generalization, and I don’t think the facts support it. Pick a case and we’ll look at it, and keep in mind that every case is unique.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Another cup of koolaid, perhaps?

The question isn’t fair use. TD has made it clear in repeated posts here (and in philosophy) that posts made here are open to use by anyone, any place, any time. So there is no need for any “fair use” argument, as TD posts have (from what I can tell) been put in the public domain, or at least use by anyone in any way at any time has been granted.

So again, what is the issue, besides playing gotchya?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

An issue could be that Mike’s works are automatically copyrighted when he writes them. He *chooses* to not unleash the lawyers when people quote or copy his work here. Unless Mike has specifically noted or declared his writing here to be public domain, consider it copyrighted to him, whether he exercises it or not.

The whole point of this article has been delineated for you several times. Seems any issue left is yours alone.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

That is not the point.

It is immaterial to the question proposed if the content use is fair use or not since the question made was “Why he considers clearly fair use use of his content to be infringing when he does the same thing with others content?”

I understand the question, I just think it presupposes something that is not true. I think Sherm is simply against infringement. He’s OK with copying when it’s fair use, as indicated by his not hesitating to copy Mike, and he’s not OK when it’s infringing, as indicated by his support of Righthaven.

I’m sure he considers his use of Mike’s words to be fair use. And it stands to reason that Righthaven does not consider the use of those they sue to be fair use, hence the lawsuits. For all we know, the Righthaven looks at lots of instances of people copying articles, determines that they might be fair use, and then decides not to sue. We have no way of knowing that since Righthaven doesn’t sue those people. Perhaps they think the vast majority of people using their content is fair. Who could say? Not me.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

But the creator, unless he or she signs the copyrights to another party, can choose not to enforce it. Hence Trent Reznor distributing his music via USB drives placed in concert bathrooms.

Which, of course, is part of the problem. When the copyright is given to a third party who has interest only in the money to be made instead of the art’s value as art or its contribution to society… we get our current situation.

Rose M. Welch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

It’s hard for the creator, but I’ll leave it at that. My comment was solely intended to correct a previous poster, who seems like a real dumbass, anyway. πŸ˜›

Oh, and I think the whole ‘artist entitlement’ crap that’s been groomed into aspiring artists by the industries’ ‘lottery system’ of the past is a part of the copyright problem as well. When you see rock stars partying as rock stars, anything less than that looks like crap, and you start looking for someone to blame.

average_joe says:

And where’s my damn Corvette?

That one made me laugh out loud. πŸ™‚

For those who miss the obvious intent here, no, I’m not actually accusing Sherman Fredericks of “stealing” from me, because that’s ridiculous, and copying is not “stealing” in any way shape, or form. I’m merely pointing out the hypocrisy of Fredericks by highlighting how he does not live up to his own confused standard.

He clearly did copy you, but we all know that his use of your words very clearly fall within fair use, and as such it is not infringement.

“fair use of a copyrighted work . . . for purposes such as criticism [or] comment . . . is not an infringement of copyright” 17 U.S.C. 107

He is against infringement, not copying.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:

Why is this instance any more fair use than the one referenced in the first paragraph of the article?

Which case was he referencing exactly? We can take a look. Mike mentioned that in that case they copied “about 12%.” That doesn’t really tell us anything. Were they copying that 12% for comment or criticism? The percentage copied isn’t dispositive of anything.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

That’s dodging the question. Why is Sherman’s quote of TechDirt “fair use” if those in the Righthaven cases are not “fair use”? Did the Righthaven cases involve substantial copying without attribution?

I’m not dodging the question. Fair use is determined on a case-by-case basis. Point me to a case, and I’ll talk about it.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:

Except Righthaven is suing people for quoting as much as a few words.

There were a few cases where the defendant copied less than the entire article. In those cases, was the copying done with the purpose of commenting or criticizing the original?

Funny how I’m the one defending fair use in this thread.

Also, tell me this… Does Shermy control who Righthaven sues?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“Also, tell me this… Does Shermy control who Righthaven sues?”

He may or may not have some input, but…does it matter? He fully supports Righthaven (he can’t even resist putting some more mindless whining into his less-than-full “full disclosure” statement) and their activities.

anothermike says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Sherm doesn’t let anyone else copy his newspaper but has no issues with copying others in his own writing. He is a hypocrite who wants to use different rule sets coming and going.
That doesn’t even get into his support of infringing content, as demonstrated by embedding an infringing video in his blog.
Sherm has discredited himself this much, there’s no need to examine the different authors’ arguments on fair use.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

I don’t really understand your argument.

If I went around saying I support an organization, at every opportunity (so much so that I help fund or have my company help fund it), and never once publicly disagree with any of that organization’s actions, I would fully expect to be linked to the actions of the organization.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

I don’t really understand your argument.

If I went around saying I support an organization, at every opportunity (so much so that I help fund or have my company help fund it), and never once publicly disagree with any of that organization’s actions, I would fully expect to be linked to the actions of the organization.

The point is that if Sherm does not decide which people to sue, e.g., suing someone who used 12% of an article in a way that was arguably fair, then perhaps he shouldn’t be blamed for making that decision. He can support Righthaven in general but still not agree with specific choices they’ve made. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t. The point is we just don’t know. It’s a minor point, for sure, but I think some people are jumping to conclusions.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“There were a few cases where the defendant copied less than the entire article. In those cases, was the copying done with the purpose of commenting or criticizing the original?”

Case in point: the suit against the Drudge Report concerned a single photograph, and Drudge certainly did use it for commentary purposes. So yes, Righthaven does not accept Fair Use as it is currently defined.

“Funny how I’m the one defending fair use in this thread.”

How are you still missing the point? Nobody is attacking fair use. It’s philisophical hypocrisy we’re attacking….

“Also, tell me this… Does Shermy control who Righthaven sues?”

Contol? Probably not. But he lauds their services. So he should live by their same principles.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

Case in point: the suit against the Drudge Report concerned a single photograph, and Drudge certainly did use it for commentary purposes. So yes, Righthaven does not accept Fair Use as it is currently defined.

I haven’t read the complaint, but I suspect you’re conflating not believing in fair use on the one hand, and not thinking a specific instance of copying is fair use on the other hand. Two different things.

How are you still missing the point? Nobody is attacking fair use. It’s philisophical hypocrisy we’re attacking….

I thought people were saying Shermy doesn’t believe in fair use. I’m waiting for any evidence that he does not.

Contol? Probably not. But he lauds their services. So he should live by their same principles.

I don’t think we should be so sloppy as to impute everything Righthaven does onto Shermy.

cc (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Since when did fair use have ANYTHING to do with Righthaven? Whether they believe in it or not (or, apparently, know what it’s about) isn’t really relevant — the fact is, they are suing random people for things that are almost certainly fair use, and they do it as a profiteering scheme and nothing more.

You are asking us to prove that Sherman does NOT believe in fair use. You are asking us to prove a negative. How about you show us some evidence that he does.

As for attributing Righthaven’s actions to this guy: he put in capital when he was running LVRJ, and now he evangelises it on his blog all the time, even after he lost his job at LVRJ. Sounds to me like he’s one fervent supporter. Whether he personally controls RH or not is irrelevant — he supports their actions.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

People in these comments stated that Shermy does not believe in fair use. I’m asking them to provide evidence of that assertion. I think it’s important to distinguish between copying that is infringing and copying that isn’t. Is Shermy against the latter? That’s what people are saying. I’d like to see some evidence, that’s all.

cc (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Re:

Of course fair use is important. What he did wasn’t infringing, and he was clearly relying on fair use when he posted the video and the passage from Mike’s article.

Does he believe in fair use? Is that relevant? It appears you are the one who brought up the question of “believing” in it — others are only pointing out his hypocrisy.

Righthaven disregards fair use, and he supports their actions. Fair use applies to him, but not to the people Righthaven is trolling. Can you not see the double standards?

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:6 Re:

I understand the argument, I just don’t know if I agree that the facts support it. Where is evidence that Sherm is against people copying when it is for comment or criticism? The fact that Sherm quoted Mike for those purposes only shows his belief in fair use, not his opposition to it. Is Righthaven off suing those who make transformative use of other people’s articles, or are they going after those who just copy without adding anything? I think by and large it’s the latter.

Darryl says:

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stop making sense Joe, you will only confuse them with your rock solid logic..

why try to bring reality crashing down on their heads, do you think they could handle it, all at once ??

If they dont understand ‘fair comment’ commentry, education or anything else relating to the 4 factors of fair use..

Then you trying to explain it to them, is just going to be too much too quickly..

The brain cannot absorb such exotic concepts in a short period of time.. (like 5 or 10 years).. πŸ™‚

Just sometimes I would be nice to come here, and see unbiased, logical, accurate, and reasoned ‘reporting’ happening here.. then you would not nothing to do, no more calling ‘bullshit’ when you see bullhit.. hopefully there would be none..

But I dream..

Instead, at least some people are willing to call him out, and actually state facts, and not rubbish to support your bias..

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

I think the people being sued for the most part are just copying articles and not adding anything to them. Fair use applies to all. If his business model was that he goes after people who are clearly using the articles fairly, then that’s a pretty bad business model. There’s enough people just copying for the sake of copying to name as defendants.

cc (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Sherman was suing (through proxy) a bunch of non-commercial bloggers, who had posted articles in part or in full, with and without commentary. He is a COPYRIGHT TROLL, whether you like it or not.

The slightest quotation of an article he could find the copyright for, he would sue and ask to settle. Judges are dismissing the lawsuits left and right on fair use grounds.

And since can an entire article not be fair use?

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

Sherman was suing (through proxy) a bunch of non-commercial bloggers, who had posted articles in part or in full, with and without commentary. He is a COPYRIGHT TROLL, whether you like it or not.

The slightest quotation of an article he could find the copyright for, he would sue and ask to settle. Judges are dismissing the lawsuits left and right on fair use grounds.

And since can an entire article not be fair use?

He is a “copyright troll” as that term is used. So what? The people being sued started it, and they are reacting to having their rights infringed upon. I don’t lose sight of who’s the perpetrator and who’s the victim in these cases.

Show me one case where Righthaven has sued someone that posted an article, in full or in part, for the purpose of commenting or criticizing the article itself. Posting the article to comment on the subject of the article is not the same thing. I think maybe you aren’t seeing the distinction.

I think there’s only been one case where a motion to dismiss was granted on the affirmative defense of fair use. As myself and others have explained, the judge in that case probably committed a reversible error. Other than that case, can you point to any others?

Quoting an entire article can be fair use, but the fact that whole article is posted without any commentary on the *article itself* strongly cuts against a finding of fair use.

average_joe says:

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By mostly irrelevant, I assume you mean one of the key factors in determining Fair Use. Which means you need, apparently, to look up the definition of irrelevant….

It’s irrelevant to the syllogism Mike set up in his post. He said that since Righthaven sued somebody for infringement for posting 12% of an article, it must follow that Shermy’s posting 20% of Mike’s article must be infringement. It’s premised on the false assertion that the percentage copied, without more, is determinative of infringement. It is not.

Darryl says:

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Remind me where you went to school ? whatever school you went too they did not teach you what fair use is, or means..

Your statement shows you do not have a clue, and as joe rightly pointed out, it has nothing to do with the percentage used, it’s got to do with HOW and WHY it was used..

In this case, it is clear that is is fair use, and it would still be fair use, if he used 100% or mikes article, but did so in a way that provided comment on that. And did not use the ‘value’ of his article to enhance his own value.

That is not what he did, he quoted from an article, and commented on those quotes.. fair use..

To talk about double standards, because of 12% or 20% shows me your level of real world education is lacking, regardless of your schooling..

Everyone can continue to learn, or did you stop learning the day you left school ?

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

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“Remind me where you went to school ? whatever school you went too they did not teach you what fair use is, or means..”

Right, assbag. Because I guess “amount and substantiality of the portion used” isn’t specifically outlined in one of the four factors of Fair Use? It’d help your insults if you at least knew what the fuck you were talking about….

The other factors are regularly met in the cases in which Righthaven has sued (hence several being thrown out).

And I worked my ass off to put myself through 2 years of community college followed up by a state school. Are we going to get into some bullshit Ivy League pissing match where you tell me (with incorrect grammar and punctuation, of course) how your education was so much better than mine?

Or do you maybe want to ask yourself: who you crappin’?

Anonymous Coward says:

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As AJ has also pointed out numerous times it is for the courts to decide if a use is fair or not, and yet he is saying this is ‘clearly fair use.’ So again, more double standards. Please, pick a side and stick with it or at least admit when you are wrong. We aren’t questioning if what Sherm did was fair use, we are questioning why he believes such double standards are just.

average_joe says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

As AJ has also pointed out numerous times it is for the courts to decide if a use is fair or not, and yet he is saying this is ‘clearly fair use.’ So again, more double standards. Please, pick a side and stick with it or at least admit when you are wrong. We aren’t questioning if what Sherm did was fair use, we are questioning why he believes such double standards are just.

You’re right. I have contradicted myself. Thanks for pointing that out. I was wondering if anyone would notice. I’m flattered that you did.

Darryl says:

What that word... oh yea.... HYPOCRACY..... thats the one.. LOL

But you still scream like a banchee when it happens to you..

Would that not go under the fair use, of commentry ?

is that not what you use ALL THE FREAKING TIME?

Ahh, but when used AGAINST YOU,, you whine and cry and scratch and bite, and go crying whah whah whah all the way home….

wilfred.johnson says:

still there.

two things….

1) you certainly have my permission to use my comment from the RJ story you’ve referenced. I’m sure guys like afromer and Sturdy wouldn’t care either.

2) The comments are still there….

http://tinyurl.com/2ach7te

Looks like your “average_joe” is roughly the same as our SargentRock, who defends Righthaven / Sherm on the on the LV Sun site.

The LV Sun has followed this story from its inception.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:

Re: still there.

Ah, you’re right… Looks like no one silenced anyone, so mea culpa.

Although, I do want to point out that the last comment by the author was “ignorant babble”. In fact, reading back through them… it looks like the only comments are personal attacks on others. The one legitimate ‘question’ he posed was the challenge to demonstrate his personal relationship in the Right haven issue… which was shown, I believe. What does it mean when the author of a blog is the troll and the readers are the ones making legitimate conversational points? πŸ™‚

average_joe says:

Re: still there.

Looks like your “average_joe” is roughly the same as our SargentRock, who defends Righthaven / Sherm on the on the LV Sun site.

I’m actually ambivalent about what Righthaven is doing. I think there are pros and cons. Really I wish that there was some way for copyright holders to go after infringers that didn’t involve a federal lawsuit. Surely there’s a reasonable alternative that could be implemented.

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