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First off today, in Las Vegas a judge has ruled that Righthaven, the firm that has filed suit against hundreds of alleged infringers of content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, has no standing to sue. The issue hinged on the agreement between Righthaven and Stephens Media, the owners of the Review-Journal, that gave Righthaven the “Right to Sue” but no exclusive rights over the works involved. The two parties also had a revenue sharing agreement, which prompted the judge to threaten sanctions against Righthaven for failing to disclose Stephen Media as a party with an interest in the case. The ruling stems from a lawsuit between Righthaven and the site Democratic Underground, which Righthaven sued for using four paragraphs of a 34 paragraph article.
Next up today, Richard O’Dwyer, an administrator of the possibly-defunct site TV Shack was arrested recently for copyright infringement and is currently fighting extradition from his native UK to the U.S. The site, which linked to movie files on other services, twice had its domain seized by the U.S. government before reemerging (though possibly run by different people) on a domain that could not be seized. This, in turn, prompted the arrest of O’Dwyer and may lead to his extradition to the United States.
Finally today, Australian ISP iiNet is back in court against various copyright holders represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) over iiNet’s alleged enabling of copyright infringement through its service. Though various rulings already mean that AFACT is not able to collect any damages, unresolved issues remain with the case, namely under what conditions can an ISP in the country be forced to take action against a suspected infringer. The hearing has been scheduled for August 12 though a backup date of September 2 has also been booked.
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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