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2010: Daily Paul / Michael Nystrom Sued by Righthaven LLC in Massive Blogger Copyright Shakedown

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UPDATE: Please note the date - September 1, 2010. This happened over 2-1/2 years ago. I don't know how this ended up getting bumped this morning. The suit was ultimately dismissed. See my additional comments here. Thanks everyone for your support.

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The first I heard that I was being sued came in an email from Las Vegas Sun reporter Steve Green. Green and the Las Vegas Sun have been doing a tremendous job covering the saga of Righthaven LLC, a firm that has filed 107 suits against bloggers and website owners since March of this year, including one yesterday against yours truly.

Righthaven's standard shakedown seems to go as follows: The firm goes trolling the web, looking for content that from the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has been reposted on other blogs or websites. Once it finds a match, it acquires the copyright from the Review-Journal, then - without first contacting the accused blogger / website owner - files a lawsuit in Nevada Federal court. The standard damages seem to be for $75,000 and forfeiture of the domain name to Righthaven. I assume that is what I am being sued for as well, though I have yet to see it.

Most of the content on the Daily Paul is user-generated, and my understanding has always been that I am protected by the DMCA against liability for user uploaded content. Under the law, standard procedure is for the copyright holder to contact the website owner and ask that the offending content be removed. This is a request that I have complied with numerous times for other parties. In this particular case, I was never contacted by Righthaven, nor the Las Vegas Review Journal, nor, as far as I can tell, were any of the other 107 defendants.

You can see Steve Green's reportage of the suit against me at the end of this article.

The sidebar of that article contains an excellent archive of the Green's meticulous documentation of each of the 107 suits filed so far, as well as the relevance of these suits in his September 1 article, Why we are writing about the R-J copyright lawsuits

Many of the smaller bloggers have settled their cases for a few thousand dollars, leading lawyers to term this operation as a 'shakedown.' Some are unable to settle for that sum, as their websites don't make any money at all.

Of great interest to our community is that Alex Jones is also being sued by Righthaven. See here, here, and here. Alex is quoted as saying,

“This claim is totally without merit and appears to be purely predatory and I’m weighing all options with counsel including a possible counterclaim, not just to protect myself from being squeezed but also the other sites that have been sued,” said Jones, who said his national talk show is heard on 60 stations around the country.

Also being sued, according to the Las Vegas Sun, are The Armed Citizen (which has since shut down to avoid further legal trouble - see the letter on their website), Free Republic, and NORML, among many, many others.

On August 25th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that they will make efforts to assist Righthaven defendants to the best of their ability. I have initiated contact, as I have absolutely no intention of settling.

Also reporting on this story:

Law.com - Birth of the Copyright Troll

Wired.com - Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

LA Times: - Las Vegas Review-Journal bares its claws

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While it sucks for me personally to be sued, I intend to fight this battle to the end, resources permitting. I am in the process of assembling a legal team to deal with this. After I get an idea of how best to approach this, I may ask for help in creating a legal defense fund, and I hope that I can count on your support in this battle.

I want to thank the members of the Liberty community who gave me great support today as I digested this news, including bigmikedude, Kurt Wallace, Trevor Lyman, Michael Boldin of the 10th Amendment Center, and others.

Based on what I have heard so far from my fellow patriots, and what other defendants are planning, I believe that Righthaven picked the wrong community to mess with!

In the mean time, I suggest that fellow bloggers and webmasters scour your sites for any links back to lvrj.com. Righthaven has sued websites that published just four paragraphs of a 36 paragraph story, including a link. To be safe, I wouldn't even link back to those bastards at all. Who knows - they might even sue you for that.

If you have any information that may be of value, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact button on this website above.

Thank you again for your support.

Michael

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Abuse of Process

Could go with an Abuse of Process suit. Would help in the suit if the other folks being baselessly sued by him joined in your action.

You would have along road

You would have along road ahead of you. It has to be completely frivolous, which it isn't. He does have evidence that copyrighted material was used on this site.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

yep

good idea.

The machine has to be fought head on.

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Mr. Nystrom

I can't do much, but I'll chip in when you've a fundraiser for legal defenses. Patent and copyright trolls are despicable.

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Michael,

I have not read all 319 comments and I don't need to make this comment.

This guy doesn't have a chance of a snowball in hell - cuz taking on the DP is like taking on the Ron Paul Revolution.

Every one of us who support Ron support YOU and that's a hell of alot of US!

So it will be a hassle but it's a NO brainer.

This guy now has a taste of what he's up against and he's not likin' it because:

We Will Prevail!

Ron Paul is My President

Fact!

This group can be the scariest thing I have seen yet,Especially when they agree on something!Watch out!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Except for 4Chan. I hope they

Except for 4Chan. I hope they dare to get 4chan involved too.

Not that I wish this upon anyone, it would give us some laughs at least. LOL

Look at what they did for Epic Beard Man and to the 11 year old girl.

Sunny or any mod

Please make sure Michael sees the important info on this post:
The Righthaven copyright lawsuit legal loophole and how to protect yourself
scroll down or shortcut
http://dailypaul.com/node/143700#comment-1528468

thanks!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

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Thank you LB

I have bookmarked it, and looked it over briefly. I'm taking a deeper look at it now.
:)

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Belle

I just checked in. I'll get this off to Michael now.

Thanks. I know he will appreciate it.

Ron Paul is My President

LB I am pretty sure that it was posted by another user

way down in the thread and Mr.Nystrom Acknowledged it.It is a great find.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Thanks ATP! Ok, great!

Thanks for letting me know! Hard to keep up around here sometimes! ;-)

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

LB ?

No problem,and I did notice the first time you posted it,But I lost track and thought someone else would let you know.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Good Luck Michael!

I'm putting aside some money to send if you should need it.

Its a good cause.

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Thank you kat

:)

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Can anyone find a link to the

Can anyone find a link to the Review-Journal's editorial about the LVRJ having a libertarian-leaning editorial page.

Obviously, don't post the link, but post what I can search for or any other way to find it.

Thanks!

I am working on "sprucing up" their wiki page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Review-Journal

:D

Nice work

!

The Righthaven copyright lawsuit DMCA legal loophole

*I hope Michael sees this>>

The Righthaven copyright lawsuit legal loophole and how to protect yourself
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1146844/pg1
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"This is the culmination of about $20,000 in legal advise..

Most webmasters wish to obey copyright laws and the "norm" around the internet has been for people who have a copyright problem to first file a DMCA take down notice giving the webmaster time to remove the infringing material.

Then if the webmaster refuses they can sue them.

In fact we all thought that was a REQUIREMENT and were shocked that these guys are actually suing people with no prior notice at all..

We've been wondering how they can get away with that legally and it turns out an obscure section of the DMCA concerning the "safe harbor" noticing proceeders requires that in order for a website to qualify for "safe harbor" and thus require a copyright complainant to first give the webmaster notice and time to take down the material before suing them, requires (amongst other things) that each website register their contact information with the United States Copyright office..

If you run a blog or a website YOU NEED TO REGISTER YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION with the United States Copyright Office ASAP!"

continued..please see All the information on this
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1146844/pg1

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Bump for Michael to see

Hoping he will see this or someone can bring the above to his attention!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I just dug up some interesting info.

It seems that "Stephens Media" was founded by Jackson Stephens in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He also founded "Systematics", which was the corporation that acquired the "PROMIS" real-time banking transaction software from Michael Inslaw.
Vince Foster and Hillary Clinton were on the Board of Directors for Systematics. This software and Systematics were all embroiled in the BCCI Banking scandal that brought down Bert Lance and revealed BCCI being a CIA banking front.
There are rumors that this may be what ended up getting Vince Foster killed. This software was able to divert banking transactions in real time to alternate destinations.
This also was going on at the same time as the Iran-Contra affair, and there were reportedly tons of drugs coming into Mena Airport during this time, as the CIA planes shuttled to-and-from South America with guns going out and drugs coming back in, and Clinton was Governor.
Web Hubbell was tied into this, and Web Hubbell's father ran the outfit that converted the planes into mules at Mena, according to Larry Nichols. Hillary Clinton was a Director for Mena Airport when she and Web Hubbell were at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.

Jackson Stephens was in the middle of all of this.
You should hear what Larry Nichols said about it. Larry was in the middle of it and became a whistle-blower, and paid the price for many years. He tied Dan Lassiter from Ponderosa Steakhouse involved in the drug operation, and he said that the owner of Tyson Foods also had some involvement.
Larry Nichols had his own shortwave radio show in the 1990s, and was also interviewed on alot of the Patriot Radio shows back then, such as Republic Radio station on shortwave. Larry was hounded, and beaten-up horribly numerous times, couldn't get a job anywhere, was destitute, and he still spoke out.
Maybe Larry Nichols' radio archives might exist somewhere. They make VERY interesting listening.

So folks, this "Stephens Media" was founded by a bigwig who had his fingers dirty in a lot of CIA and criminal activities.
This stuff goes DEEP into the seedy underbelly of what goes on behind the political scenes.
I haven't even mentioned half of the stuff Jackson Stephens was into.
And this is his company, named after him.
I'm sure this media company is tied in to alot of the "control network" behind the scenes, just like everything else Jackson Stephens was into.
This is part of "the beast".

Atten: BigT~Backup history/timeline Stephens Group

You have an excellent memory and to back you up here is a timeline ( scroll through this article) and more VERY creepy history on Stephens Group:
http://www.politicalfriendster.com/showConnection.php?id1=64...

And on this post is more on Stephens Group as well as a list of all the newspapers they own:
http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com/2010/07/stephens-media-...

Another thing to watch out for is that Steve Gibson the scumbag, bottom feeder of Righthaven has more potential clients interested in hiring him for this same extortion/shakedown..so we will see more of this soon!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Regardless of conspiracy-theories...

We know The Journal is bad, bad bad....And under no form are they libertarian conservatives.

These neo-liberal scumbags were the private goons for the Clinton and later Bush administrations, friends of Obama. They are all at best - criminal cadres.

These criminal cadres have no business engaging in illegal behavior.....They should all be taken to court and sing it before a 100 man Grand Jury.

Thank you BigT

the evil machine is getting exposed.

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All I needed

was the info that this was Jackson Stephens' company.
I already knew all the rest.
I wrote all that from memory, because I listened to alot of broadcasts by Larry Nichols in the 1990s.
I remember alot of it, but there's alot more.
Alot of the infamous "Clinton Death List" people were those who came in contact with these Arkansas operations.

These people are into some deep dark things.

BigT

You are a FREAK! (I mean that in the most sincere, flattering way)

I'm amazed at what folks can remember - I can recall things that really catch my attention after quite a long, long time... but never to that level of detail.

I've heard about the Clintonistas and their shenanegans, but I never tied it all together in my mind in such a powerful, concise message.

Good job Big T!

I had a feeling there was something off. Sherman Frederick-the guy from Stephens Media described himself as a democrat until recently (now he sounds like a neo-con) and the only campaign money from him I could find was to W Bush in 2003. I think you found the connection.

I just read Jackson Stephens was hooked up with Monstanto...I wonder if that is the same guy.
http://www.politicalfriendster.com/showPerson.php?id=2474&na...