Those Who Settled With Righthaven Consider Taking Action; Righthaven Threatens Them With More Suits
from the digging-deeper dept
With a Nevada court realizing that Righthaven likely never had standing to sue in the hundreds of lawsuits it filed for copyright infringement, the 100 or so sites, people, and companies who already settled rather than fight are considering what action to take, and whether or not it makes sense to try to get their money back. Most settlement info wasn't made public, but stories reported settlements in the $5,000 range. For some larger companies it might not even be worth the legal fees. Of course, Righthaven's response to reporter David Kravets from Wired asking about the possibility of settlers asking for their money back? Why, it's to threaten to sue them again:
“As of today, there should be no question whether Righthaven has standing,” Gibson said.Classy guy.
Gibson noted that rights holders have three years to file a lawsuit from the time the infringement occurs — meaning the bloggers who settled might be sued again if their settlements or lawsuits are vacated.
“The statute of limitations,” he said, “is three years for copyright infringement.”