3 Count: Righthaven Haven

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1: Copyright Lawsuits Filed Against U.S. Marijuana Party, Dating Website

First off today, the controversial company Righthaven is in the news again as the company has filed two more lawsuits over alleged infringement of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s content. According to two suits filed, The United States Marijuana Party and a dating site, find-a-sweetheart.com both copied content from the Review-Journal. Righthaven is famous for buying the rights to various Review-Journal articles and then filing suit against sites that have copied the content, usually demanding $150,000 and forfeit of the domain. This brings the total Righthaven lawsuits up to an estimated 120.

2: Gannett Not Eager To Join Righthaven’s Campaign Against Bloggers

Next up today, in other Righthaven news, even as the group appears to be picking up steam with its litigation campaign and at least one additional customer, WEHCO Media, Gannett, the owner of USA Today, said that they were not interested in following that approach. The company’s Vice President, Barbara Wall, said on a teleconference that she felt the approach was not an approach they were “Going to pursue right now.” However, she did caution that the newspaper industry needs to find ways benefit from their news and that they can not simply allow the value of their work to be taken away by others.

3: Norton Study Reveals People View Internet Copyright File Sharing as Legal

Finally today, a new study on cybercrime from Norton reveals that, despite the recent litigation campaigns and major news blitz regarding file sharing, many still believe it to be legal to share copyrighted content on the Web. Specifically, respondents 17% felt it legal to download a single music track, 14% felt the same about an album or and 15% felt it legal to download a movie without paying. Though the clear majority recognized the illegal nature of such downloads, clearly there is still a significant minority that has not been reached by the various campaigns.


That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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