Righthaven's Biggest Fan Copies Content As Part Of His Argument Against Copying Content
from the is-this-guy-clueless? dept
Last year, we wrote about how Sherman Frederick, the former publisher (since demoted to columnist) of the Las Vegas Review Journal was caught posting an infringing video on his blog. This was particularly funny, because Frederick was the key supporter of the LVRJ’s “deal” with Righthaven, and regularly mocked-by-bad-analogy anyone who disagreed with him.
A few folks had sent in Frederick’s latest column — which, of course, we won’t link to, since he’s made it clear he doesn’t want any traffic — in which he once again defends Righthaven, despite the fact that a court basically killed off most Righthaven lawsuits due to its sham copyright transfer from LVRJ parent Stephens Media. Frederick’s post is barely comprehensible, calling those who disagree with him “the unthinking blogger” and claiming that people who disagree with him “mischaracterize reality.” He also seems to ignore the fact that Righthaven lost massively, and claims instead that “they’re here to stay and they intend to win the battles they’ve started.” I hope I haven’t overstepped the legal boundaries of Frederick’s bizarre definition of “content theft” with those quotes.
In the same article, Frederick, hilariously, suggests that everyone should have to pay to link to one of his articles. He references a decision by Radley Balko a few months ago to remove a post that linked to an LVRJ article once someone pointed out LVRJ’s Righthaven association, and rather than realize how this makes Frederick and LVRJ look clueless, he claims that Balko did the right thing, and that every blogger can decide if such linking is “worth the price.”
But what makes all of this extra funny is that the meat of Frederick’s post is all copied content from another blog which is not properly attributed at all. Seriously. ken points us to his own analysis of Frederick’s hypocrisy:
Frederick’s article contains content from three paragraphs of posts from the blog GametimeIP.com. Frederick fails to even use basic netiquette for citing other sources. The parts taken are not attributed to the author except for a link and not even set in quotation marks which could leave the reader to assume those are Frederick’s words and not those of GametimeIP.
It’s hilarious. Yes, Frederick links to the articles, but frankly I had no idea he was actually quoting them. From the way he wrote it, it very much looks like they’re Frederick’s words, defending Righthaven. So, here we have Sherman Frederick, in an article decrying “copying” of content, in which he blatantly copies someone else’s content, and even worse, does not properly credit it, or quote it. I also do wonder, if he “paid the price” to GametimeIP for his use of their content. After all, it’s the proper way to do things, right?