The Continuing Woes Of Righthaven

Friday, July 15, 2011


For the past year, newspapers have been teaming up with a law firm called Righthaven to file lawsuits against people posting copyrighted content on the web, in what appears to be a stab at a lucrative new business model. However, Joe Mullin of says that over the past month, Righthaven has seen a string of losses that throw the future of this model into doubt.

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Investigative Journalist from Arkansas

After years of award-winning investigative journalism I was fired because I exposed the fraud of my editor in plagiarizing the works of others. Since plagiarism is the unauthorized use of the writings of another author as one's own original work, I would think newsapers have a strong interest in guarding their work and prosecuting those who steal.

Jul. 18 2011 05:41 PM
Stewart Palilonis from Lambertville, NJ

As a lawyer, I have to ask: What happened to the common law concepts of champerty and maintenance, which make the activities of Righthaven unethical, if not tortious and criminal? This was, I hope, a part of the judge's reasoning in striking down Righthaven's "arrangement" with the newspapers, and would lead to the imposition of costs and ethical discipline against the offending parties.

Jul. 17 2011 11:46 AM

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