Righthaven Copyright Suits Are Without Value
For almost as long as any of us can remember, copyright infringement has been taking place in the deepest, darkest depths of the internet. The drudges of internet society have long been able to flaunt copyrights and repost news content from large news providers on blogs, forums, message boards, and personal sites without any fear of reprisal. But what could be done? Who would step up and save news providers from the stream of free use of valuable information that flowed like a watery, polluted metaphor?
Hope remains. Enter the recent efforts of Righthaven, LLC, a shining beacon of conviction whose goal is to stop dastardly copyright villains such as blogs, senate candidates, and small nonprofits from reproducing content stolen from The Law Vegas Review-Journal. How is the heroic Righthaven able to accomplish such valiant, commendable work? Righthaven scours the shady back-alleys of the internet looking for repostings of LVRJ articles (often by third parties on forums or in article comments), purchases rights to the content from the LVRJ, and then represents itself in a lawsuit against the infringing party.
No more will evildoers like The Hepatitus C Support Project and Senate candidtate Sharron Angle be able to deprive the innocent LVRJ of readership. Any upstanding citizen knows the morally bereft practice of reproducing content is wrong, and it matters not that the content theft probably amounts to no lost readership or profits. It matters not that many of these hoodlums even cite and link to the original source. Righthaven’s swift and righteous action of filing lawsuits without any requests to remove the offending content, nor any notice of an impending lawsuit, is the only way to bring these malfeasants to justice.
Luckily for Righthaven, the filing fee for civil suits in Nevada (Righthaven’s home base) is merely $350, and with minimal time and manpower involved in these types of suits, Righthaven is able to bring copyright crooks to their knees by the score. Surely such a valiant, grand effort deserves equally grand compensation, but being the bastion of right (surely where the name derives) that Righthaven is, they ask for no more than a standard pittance of $75,000 a suit, and typically settle for far less than this amount.
As an upstanding, blogging denizen of the internet, I suggest we follow others’ lead and take arms in this issue. Show your support by blogging, tweeting, facebooking, or whatever other internet action-verbing you may think will aid in the effort. Just make sure that when you do you avoid content from LVRJ, as you would be willingly joining the ranks of despicable lowlifes who write about and link to the work of others. Plus, you wouldn’t want to end up with a lawsuit on your hands.