Denver Post Sued Over Righthaven Connection

from the things-keep-looking-worse dept

This has not been a good week for Righthaven. Having lost the big lawsuit that almost certainly will knock out most of its other existing lawsuits (definitely in Nevada, though Colorado is still an open question), we now get the news that a Tea Party group targeted by Righthaven over Denver Post content isn't just countersuing Righthaven, but The Denver Post as well. A similar situation was what caused so much trouble for Righthaven in its Nevada suits. The Democratic Underground didn't just fight back against Righthaven, but dragged the newspaper, Stephens Media, back into the lawsuit as well. That resulted in the unmasking of the agreement between Stephens and Righthaven, showing that the copyright assignment was a sham -- and that Stephens Media was still very much a part of the lawsuit. Now that the same thing is happening in Denver, the same sort of agreement may come to light. Not that it seems like many other newspapers are rushing to sign up to work with Righthaven these days, but if they had any more doubt, the fact that people might sue them directly might seal the deal. In the meantime, we've finally found something that the Tea Party and Democratic Party supporters agree on: Righthaven and copyright trolling are a bad thing.

Filed Under: copyright, denver, denver post, standing, tea party
Companies: medianews, righthaven

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  1. identicon
    Scote, 15 Jun 2011 @ 9:51pm

    Re: Re: Hate Lawyers?

    No, Righthaven is very much about lawyers. It is essentially a law firm run by attorney Steven Gibson trying to disguise itself as a media company through a sham transfer of copyright. You really should read the linked article. Righthaven seems to be guilty of the criminal charge barratry for trafficking in lawsuits in SC.

    If Stephens Media had just hired Steven Gibson as a lawyer rather than setting up its sham copyright transfer then Stephens Media would have standing to sue. But instead, Gibson and Stephens Media seem to have decided that they'd use Righthaven to try to insulate Stephens Media from visible culpability and from financial liability through two layers of LLCs.

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