by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 17th 2011 5:32am
Back in October, we noted that Righthaven had lost its first lawsuit, as a judge declared using 8 sentences out of a 30-sentence article as "fair use." We noted it was a little strange at the time to use a fair use analysis at that stage of the legal fight, but it seemed clear that the judge wanted to get it over with rather than waste time on other issues. That ruling got Righthaven to say that it would begin to focus on the use of complete works to avoid such issues. However, it appears the legal shakedown shop has decided that it actually wants to push back on the original fair use claim. It's now appealed the ruling and wants the appeals court to say that such a use is not "fair." Of course it does. It needs a larger pool of folks to demand cash from, which is all this appeal is about.
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