Right Haven Spanked by Court

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As most of you (hopefully) know, Right Haven is a legal outfit that has been suing bloggers and other website owners for using the content from several newspaper groups.  Most folks in the know have had questions about the legality of these suits, but finally, a judge has ruled against Right Haven…

A Las Vegas federal judge has sanctioned copyright troll Righthaven to the tune of $5,000 for making misrepresentations to the court.

U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt of Nevada last month ordered Righthaven to explain why Hunt should not sanction it for trying to “manufacture standing.” (.pdf) Standing is a legal concept that has enabled Righthaven to bring about 200-plus lawsuits over copyrighted articles and photos owned by news agency Stephens Media.

Judge Hunt, ruling from the bench Thursday, said Righthaven basically tried to pull the wool over the court’s eyes.

“The court finds those representations are not true and that they are intentional,” Hunt said, according to an account in VegasINC.

In all its lawsuits, Righthaven, which uses a loophole in copyright law to sue blogs and others for infringement, claims ownership of the copyright material even though judge Hunt found that it is not the real owner.

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Judge Hunt’s ruling was part of a case in which the judge had ruled Righthaven did not have standing to bring a copyright lawsuit against the Democratic Underground blog for allegedly pilfering four paragraphs from a 34-paragraph story published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is owned by Stephens Media.

I never thought I’d say this, but “well done” to the Democratic Underground.

While I’m no legal expert, I can see Right Haven retooling it’s approach, and going right back at it.

Here is a list of newspapers that Right Haven is representing.

MediaNews Group

  • Alameda Times-Star
  • Alamogordo Daily News
  • Argus
  • Bennington Banner
  • Brattleboro Reformer
  • Carlsbad Current-Argus
  • Charleston Daily Mail
  • Contra Costa Times
  • Torrance Daily Breeze
  • Daily Camera
  • Daily Democrat
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • El Paso Times
  • Enterprise-Record
  • Fort Morgan Times
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • Journal-Advocate
  • Lake County Record-Bee
  • Las Cruces Sun-News
  • Lebanon Daily News
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram
  • Marin Independent Journal
  • North Adams Transcript
  • Oakland Tribune
  • Oroville Mercury-Register
  • Pasadena Star-News
  • Public Opinion
  • Red Bluff Daily News
  • Redlands Daily Facts
  • San Gabriel Valley Tribune
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • San Mateo County Times
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Sentinel & Enterprise
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • The Berkshire Eagle
  • The Daily Review
  • The Daily Times
  • The Deming Headlight
  • The Denver Post (actively suing)
  • The Detroit News
  • The Evening Sun
  • The Monterey County Herald
  • The Reporter
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • The Sun
  • The Sun
  • The Ukiah Daily Journal
  • The York Dispatch
  • Times-Herald
  • Times-Standard
  • Tri-Valley Herald
  • Whittier Daily News
  • York Daily Record – York Sunday News

WEHCO Media

  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 
  • Banner News 
  • Benton County Daily Record
  • California Democrat 
  • Camden News 
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • El Dorado News-Times 
  • Fulton Sun 
  • News Tribune 
  • NW Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • NW Arkansas Times 
  • Rogers Morning News 
  • Springdale Morning News 
  • Texarkana Gazette 
  • The Sentinel-Record

Stephens Media

  • Anna-Melissa Tribune
  • Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
  • Big Island Weekly
  • Booneville Democrat
  • Boulder City Review
  • Brentwood Life
  • Cabot Star-Herald
  • Carlisle Independent
  • Charleston Express
  • Courier-Tribune
  • East County News
  • El Tiempo
  • Ely Times, Ely
  • Eureka Sentinal
  • Farmington Post
  • Franklin Life
  • Grayson County Shopper
  • Greenwood Democrat
  • Hawaii Tribune-Herald
  • Healthy Living
  • Hot Springs Village Voice
  • Jacksonville Patriot
  • Lake Texoma Life
  • Las Vegas Business Press
  • Las Vegas CityLife
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal (actively suing)
  • Lincoln Leader
  • Lonoke Democrat
  • Maumelle Monitor
  • North Hawaii News
  • North Little Rock Times
  • Pahrump Valley Times
  • Paris Express
  • Pawhuska Journal-Capital
  • Pine Bluff Commercial
  • Prairie Grove Enterprise
  • Press Argus Courier
  • Prosper Press, Prosper
  • Rebel Nation
  • Sherwood Voice
  • Southwest Times Record
  • The Advertiser News
  • The Daily Herald
  • The Daily World
  • The Herald Democrat
  • The North Coast News
  • The South Beach Bulletin
  • The Value Guide
  • The Vidette
  • Tonopah Times-Bonanza
  • Van Alstyne Leader
  • Van Buren County Democrat
  • West Hawaii Today
  • White Hall Progress
Don’t link the sites of these papers, and absolutely don’t quote anything from them.   Come to think of it, don’t buy them, advertise in them, or even use them as  birdcage lining.  Give them nothing, as part of their business model is to sue people that send them traffic.
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