Copyright troll Righthaven retreats on infringement suit
Nov 23, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Lasar)
"As the holiday season approaches, the Righthaven law firm has
opted to give peace a chance. The scan-for-content-and-sue outfit
has extended an olive branch to one of its latest targets—the
Democratic Underground web site. Like the law firm's previous
victims, DU posted some text from Righthaven's main client, the Las
Vegas Review Journal, and was consequently sued for cash under the
claim of copyright infringement.
"But suddenly Righthaven has had a change of heart, as its
attorneys told the United States District Court of Nevada this
week. The operation has submitted a motion to the dismiss the suit,
"all in the spirit of judicial economy."
""Though Righthaven firmly believes that the Defendants are
liable for copyright infringement, the non-holistic [partial]
nature of the Defendants' unauthorized textual reproduction is such
that reasonable minds may disagree as to the legitimacy of a fair
use defense," the firm told the judge."