Former Las Vegas Journal Review publisher and Stephens Media CEO Sherman Frederick was the main champion behind Righthaven. Early on he was the one who explained (in bizarre, nonsensical terms) why the LVRJ was funding and supporting Righthaven
, and mocked
those who pointed out the ridiculousness of his position. Part of his reasoning was that putting copyright infringing content on your website or blog is absolutely no different than stealing the Corvette out of his driveway. Even if we ignore how this is completely wrong (someone copying content doesn't remove that content from his site, and he still has the content, etc.) and grant him that premise
, it seems rather odd that Frederick himself has now been caught posting infringing material to his own blog
Now, it's probably worth mentioning that poor Mr. Frederick lost his job
right after the election, but he's still a columnist for the LVRJ. One of our readers, Joseph
, pointed out that one of Mr. Frederick's recent blog posts was a short one about how Saturday Night Live had done a skit about the TSA patdowns, and he embedded it in his blog post. Except, he apparently chose an infringing one from YouTube, rather than the legit version from Hulu. Oops. NBC has taken down that video, so now Frederick's blog post simply shows this:
In case you can't see it, the video box says: "This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." Of course, note that NBC Universal chose to just take the content down -- something that Righthaven never gives anyone the opportunity to do. But, more importantly, I'm wondering if Mr. Frederick can explain why he stole NBC's Corvette?