Righthaven Moves On To Suing Message Board Posters, Rather Than Just Site Operators

from the oh-come-on dept

visual77 was the first of a few of you to send in the news that copyright-lawsuits-as-a-business-model firm Righthaven has expanded its targets to include posters on various message boards. In the past, it had focused on suing the various operators of sites, but not the users who often posted the content. For sites that had not registered a DMCA agent, the site operators were potentially (though not definitely) liable for any infringing content posted. However, the posters of such content themselves, of course, have always been potentially liable. In this case, they’re even suing a guy who had forwarded a Las Vegas Review Journal story to a Google Groups mailing list. While this guy will probably settle, I would imagine it would be a fascinating fair use discussion in court.

Separately, that same article lists a number of other sites that Righthaven has gone after, and there’s one surprise: Business Insider, the Harry Blodget-owned blog network that has been growing in popularity quite a bit lately. The site has something of a reputation for copying large segments of articles from other places at times, but you would think that the folks working there would know better than to try that with stories associated with Righthaven, with a primary reason being that Business Insider has had posts (admittedly “aggregated” from other sites) all about Righthaven and its lawsuits against other sites.

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GrokIt says:

Block the troll!

Add the following to your hosts file:

# Las Vegas Review Journal – troll
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That should cover all the bases, I haven’t tested it yet though.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Block the troll!

I don’t think it covers nearly enough my blocking includes 84 websites that are part of that scheme.

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James Carmichael (profile) says:

Law Quiz

Mr. X holds up a corner store using a pistol, and a Hyundai as a gateway car. He found the store on GoogleMaps on his Dell computer but still got lost along the way there and asked Mrs. Y, a pedestrian, for directions. Who should be sued?

a) Mr. X, for the hold up;
b) None of the below;
c) The corner store, for failure to prevent hold up;
d) Hyundai, for allowing robber to get away;
e) Dell, for assisting in the robbery;
f) All of the above;
g) The pistol manufacturer, for making people-killing devices and distributing them;
h) Google, for failing to add a notice on GoogleMaps that corner stores should not be robbed;
i) Mrs. Y, for linking to infringing activities;
j) The United States Government for failure to educate Mr. X on proper conduct;
k) Microsoft, for having a lot of money;
l) God, for standing by while it was happening;
m) The Universe, for allowing the robbery to happen;
n) Only the people on this list who have money.

James Carmichael (profile) says:

Re: Re: Law Quiz

Well, my answer to this question would be that Mr. X is the only guilty party here, and that someone should assign a psychologist or something similar to find out what caused him to rob a corner store (poverty, drugs… how can we help and turn him in the right direction rather than stick him in a hole at our costs).

The quiz is really just a half-serious question directed at lawyers out there, and is related to the story in how so many lawsuits don’t make any sense or sue the wrong party.

It’s not a matter of who CAN be sued, but who SHOULD be sued, a question that not many people are asking themselves. I’m sure you have to pass some sort of ethics class before you pass the bar exam, but who the fuck is teaching that class???

Mike Acker (profile) says:

Predatory Litigation

I think this comes under the heading “Predatory Litigation”.

“Predatory Litigation” would include the article on a_cademic a_dvantage which appears also in today’s clips

The crap about a_cademic a_dvantage I am guessing was derived from using a “Reputation Defender” type scan and then processed using a robot.

Ugly

If this sort of process is allowed to continue the New Rules to the Net will become: “Post a comment: Get Sued”. It will effectively suppress free speech on the Net. There will be cheering from certain areas

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