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#1 Hunt's ruling came Friday in a Righthaven lawsuit against the Democratic Underground over the partial posting of a Review-Journal story -- and a Democratic Underground counterclaim against Righthaven and Stephens Media.
The Democratic Underground is the pretty much the sole reason why there's been some hi-profile legal firepower involved (a good portion pro bono) from places like Electronic Frontier Foundation.
But hey - wartime makes for strange allies.
Posted by Pappy 2011-04-16 13:23||
#2 Let the countersuits begin. Woo hoo
Posted by whitecollar redneck 2011-04-16 13:52||
#3 Yep, we were once allied with Stalin.
I'm no legal beagle, but it does make an interesting point: if the LVRJ transferred to RVHN ONLY the part of the copyright that permits them to sue (and not as the lawyer for LVRJ but as a partner), then does RVHN have standing in court? Do they 'own' the copyright, or did they just lease a chunk of it?
Posted by Steve White 2011-04-16 13:55||
#4 Either way, Righthaven are the scum and bottom feeders of the legal world. The sooner they are broken and put out of business the better.
Posted by DarthVader 2011-04-16 14:39||
#5 "does RVHN have standing in court? Do they 'own' the copyright, or did they just lease a chunk of it?"
According to the article, Dr. Steve, they may not have standing. "Defense attorneys fighting Righthaven say that in order to sue, Righthaven must have complete ownership of the copyrights."
Oops. IANAL, of course, but this could be fun.
Posted by Barbara Skolaut 2011-04-16 14:53||
#6 These are strange, strange times. Much as roughly a month ago I said (just once) "Yeah Muslim Brotherhood!" for fighting Qaddafi, "Yeah Democratic Underground!" for fighting these scumbags.
Posted by Secret Master 2011-04-16 18:13||
#7 Actually anyone that got served with papers from RHVN shoudl examine them for claims regardin ownership etc of the LV rag's articles. Apparently if they did claim (as seen in boilerplate) more-or-less "Full" copyrights to these articles, they filed false documents with the court. THis can be used to nullify any settlement as it was reached under false pretenses, and turn the suit over to local law enforcement as fraud via perjury in the civilk court filing (i.e. they lied about full ownership fo the copyrights, therfore they knowingly put a lie as part of the court filing, qed perjury).
If I were to have been sued and forced to settle, I would certainly be grabbing this document from the court of DU's suit and talking to a lawyer about the possibility of getting some serious cash back including damages. Hint. Hint.
Posted by OldSpook 2011-04-16 23:53||
#8 Along those lines, sounds like its class action time against RHVN and Stevens Media, possibly even a bit of RICO.
Posted by OldSpook 2011-04-16 23:54||