Las Vegas Review-Journal Endorses The Same Candidate It's Suing For 'Stealing' From Them?

from the cognitive-dissonance... dept

At the end of yet another good report by the Las Vegas Sun on a defendant in a Righthaven case fighting back (thanks to visual77 for sending this in), there's an interesting pointer to a blog post from Steve Friess, a Vegas-based writer (who has previously come out in support of Righthaven's lawsuits) noting that it appears that the Las Vegas Review-Journal really doesn't take copyright issues as seriously as it pretends in its sermons on the subject. After all, it keeps claiming that copyright infringement is no different than "stealing," and yet, Freiss notes, the LVRJ has now endorsed Sharron Angle for Senate, the same candidate that it (via Righthaven) has sued for copyright infringement:
Congrats, R-J, for proving just how seriously you take copyright theft. Copyrighting is so important that, as your top lawyer Mark Hinueber told a Society of Professional Journalists gathering, it is nearly fundamental to the very foundation of the American way of life. But, on the other hand, someone who steals from you? She ought to be a United States senator! Cognitive dissonance much?
Of course, everyone knows the reality here. The LVRJ and Righthaven are not about protecting the sanctity of copyright, or "stopping theft." It's a pure business model effort, an attempt to shakedown people for money, for sharing their content in a way that does absolutely no harm to the original work or the business of the paper. But, still, it's good to see even Righthaven supporters calling out the hypocrisy of the LVRJ claiming that it's akin to stealing on the one hand, while endorsing one of the people they sued for a position in the Senate at the same time. You don't endorse the person who stole from you for Senate. And that's the point. Angle didn't "steal" anything -- and everyone at Righthaven and the LVRJ know it.

Separately, as for the original Sun article highlighting another defense effort against Righthaven, two quick points. This is the first defense I've seen that calls out the judge's ruling in the Tenenbaum case, in which the judge called the statutory rates "constitutionally excessive," and a violation of due process. This defendant is claiming that the demands brought forth by Righthaven violate due process rights based on this. I have to say that's quite a stretch of a legal argument (and an awful lot of people fully expect that ruling in the Tenenbaum case to be overturned), but still interesting. The second point is that while a lot of the defenses against Righthaven suits seem to toss up new arguments, it appears they're starting to all focus in on a few key arguments. It will be interesting to see how the courts respond to these.
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Filed Under: copyright, endorsements, las vegas review journal, sharron angle, stealing
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 11:03am

    "...absolutely no harm to the original work or the business of the paper..."

    Perhaps this is true. Then again, perhaps it is not.

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 11:14am

    Re:

    God bless the United States of America, where our Government thoughtfully creates laws to protect us from the "possible, yet also maybe not possible" harms of the world.

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 11:41am

    An unqualified statement of fact concerning a specific situation without even knowing the specific facts is not a wise habit to be encouraged.

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  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 11:47am

    Re:

    Hence why you are a master of noncommittal vagueness. Do you have classes?

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  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 12:39pm

    Re:

    Feel free to point out any harm. Oh, right, you can't.

    Now go crawl back to the law firm who you apparently think would be embarrassed if they discovered your silliness.

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 1:18pm

    My apology to those who are not troubled by the absence of facts....

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  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 2:17pm

    Re:

    Amusingly, you haven't provided a single fact that is missing. Unsurprising, of course, given your track record of contributing nothing.

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  8. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Nice attempt at trying to turn the table around. A statement was made without any factual support. I did not realize that one asking for facts is guilty of not providing facts.

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  9. identicon
    Any Mouse, 7 Oct 2010 @ 5:34pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    First, how many who have fought Righthaven have won their cases? Secondly, you're the one who made the first comment regarding 'true or perhaps not,' and ambiguous statement meant to confuse, you did not ask for proof of fact. You were asked for proof of your own statement, thus, logically, you are the one turning things about. Not that it matters, of course.

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    whytewolf (profile), 7 Oct 2010 @ 10:27pm

    'And that's the point. Angle didn't "steal" anything - and everyone at Righthaven and the LVRJ know it.' honestly. with the RJ, they don't know it. they don't even get the basis of it. they are supporting Sharon Angle purely because she is republican. tho some people at LVRJ or at least Stephens media do know it. not everyone who works for them agrees with any of the policies they are putting forth. just like any company. I'm sure there are people who do the job because they need a job, not because they agree.

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  11. identicon
    David, 8 Oct 2010 @ 12:15pm

    Shakedown

    I hate to pick nits, but the current fad of, er, verbifying nouns is driving me crazy. There's a great example in this post: "...an attempt to shakedown people for money,..." Mike, I always enjoy and respect your posts (even when I don't agree!), but "shakedown" is a noun, sometimes even an adjective, but never a verb!

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