Denver Post Column That Righthaven Is Suing Over May Have Given Implied Permission To Copy
from the oops dept
We already pointed out that Righthaven has signed up MediaNews and is now suing over people reposting content from the Denver Post, but law professor Eric Johnson is pointing out that the very first such lawsuit Righthaven filed may have some problems, specifically since the content that was “reposted” was written <a href=http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:wbATWnaTmQcJ:www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_16147229+http://www.denverpost.com/rosen/ci_16147229&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us” target=”_blank”>as an “open letter” to Tea Partyers. In his blog post on the subject, he notes that not only is the open letter format potentially suggesting it’s okay to repost it, but also that the text itself implies that his column is a part of a grassroots effort. Johnson suggests that there’s clear “implied permission” to repost the column. I would imagine that would make for quite a fun court battle.