Righthaven Takes On Drudge Report

from the copyright-fun dept

We recently noted that MediaNews, the second largest newspaper publisher in the US, had apparently signed up with Righthaven to start suing blogs and other websites for using any content from the Denver Post. It looks like for its second lawsuit over Denver Post content, Righthaven has gone big: it's suing Matt Drudge, the operator of the famed Drudge Report, because he used a photo from the Denver Post. This is a bit different than the usual Righthaven lawsuits over copies of articles -- and perhaps an even tougher claim. Drudge may have a decent fair use claim on a single photograph, though that may depend on a lot of other details. Still, all this is doing is making me wonder why anyone would ever want to use any Righthaven connected publication as a source ever again.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Dec 2010 @ 2:24pm

    They may want the domain

    Could be that is the exact reason they are targeting Drudge. Sue, seize the domain and then they get to decide what the Drudge site links to.

    I wouldn't want to argue that drudge's use falls under fair use, I don't think it is.

    Regardless no matter how you slice it Righthaven and others like it are pretty slimy it makes those that use them seem pretty desperate.

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