Righthaven Keeps On Losing; Court Grants Receivership Request

from the another-one-down dept

Righthaven just keeps on flopping. After Randazza Legal Group, in the Hoehn case, has continually tried to get further access to Righthaven’s assets to satisfy the attorneys fees that Righthaven owes, the court has now granted Hoehn’s request to appoint a receiver and begin to assign Righthaven’s intellectual property. Of course, that raises questions about what IP Righthaven actually has… considering that part of the reason it’s in this whole mess is that it supposedly does not have the rights to any of these copyrights. Furthermore, Righthaven boss Steve Gibson, along with Raisha “Drizzle” Y. Gibson (I have no idea) have been told to appear before the court on January 5th to provide testimony under oath concerning Righthaven’s assets — or face contempt charges. It’s worth noting that part of the reason for the court’s decision in the first document is the failure of Righthaven to file any response at all to the request, which has become par for the course for the company. Makes you wonder if the Gibsons will actually show up on January 5th…

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Nathan F (profile) says:

Books and Movies!

“Of course, that raises questions about what IP Righthaven actually has… considering that part of the reason it’s in this whole mess is that it supposedly does not have the rights to any of these copyrights.”

Well, they may not have the rights to any of the articles they brought people to court over they do have the rights to their story. I’m sure a halfway decent screenwriter could make a movie to rival that of even the greatest Greek Tragedy! I bet they could even make their $100M in sunk costs back on it. *nods knowingly*

Franklin G Ryzzo (profile) says:

Re: Books and Movies!

If I’m not mistaken (but very well could be), I thought that Stevens Media transferred the IP rights to Righthaven after courts started to realize they didn’t have standing to sue. Although the courts weren’t all that impressed with the move and didn’t allow it to change the fact that when the suits were filed Righthaven didn’t have the right to do so, it might mean that they currently own the IP and that Steven’s Media might lose the IP rights they granted for the sole purpose of their extortion scheme. Wouldn’t that be the most delicious irony of all this mess?

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