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Judge deals death blow to copyright troll Righthaven

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posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 03:39 AM
Judge deals death blow to copyright troll Righthaven

Well this is good news !!

Righthaven has been involved in shyster tactics
involving themselves in hundreds of frivolous law suits
involving "purchased" copyrights.

Now a judge has ordered all their "copyrights" to be sold at auction !!

This effectively puts them out of business ??

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:09 EDT -- The Raw Story

Righthaven LLC., a law firm that became known as a “copyright troll” for filing hundreds of lawsuits against media companies and bloggers, was forever banished from its business model on Tuesday by a judge who ordered a transfer of all their copyrights to settle the company’s substantial debts.

After a series of stinging legal defeats last year, Righthaven found itself owing defendants more than $200,000 for their frivolous lawsuits. That was quite enough for U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro, who ordered the company on Tuesday to forfeit all its intellectual property, which will be sold at auction.

For about a year Righthaven’s business model was a success: they would find a news website or blog that had republished snippets of a copyrighted news story that they had purchased rights to or represented, then file a lawsuit threatening up to $150,000 in penalties for every alleged infringement. Because the punitive damages are so hefty, most early defendants settled for much smaller sums, usually several thousand dollars.

Wrong-Haven !

posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 03:47 AM
reply to post by xuenchen

Fantastic news!

It's about time.

*and thank God for the EFF- they are the bomb dig


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