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Schizophrenic Righthaven Goes Over the Edge - Sues Reporter; Drops Suit Same Week

Steve Green of the Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas's good newspaper) broke the news yesterday that legal terrorist and copyright troll Righthaven sued a reporter, Eriq Garnder, of Ars Technica. An article written by Gardner included a black and white screenshot of the Drudge Report. The screenshot showed the Denver Post's now infamous TSA image that Righthaven is going crazy suing bloggers over, and was taken directly from Righthaven's own public court documents.

The grainy screenshot, found in the article Copyright troll Righthaven sues for control of Drudge Report domain was captioned, "The photo in question as it appeared on Drudge Report."

A clearer case of fair use there never was.

When I was being sued by Righthaven, I discussed exactly such a hypothetical case with my awesome lawyer. In order to talk about what Righthaven is suing over, reproducing the image in question is clearly a fair use of that image. This, he explained, is probably why Righthaven has yet to file suit against Wired for reproducing the LVRJ's Vdara Death Ray image reproduced by Wired.com

In this case, Righthaven didn't sue Ars Technica, which is (like Wired) owned by publishing giant Conde Nast, and instead went directly after the Gardner, the reporter. (!!!) (???) (WTF?) Righthaven was immediately ridiculed across the internet for (yet another) epically dumb move.

After thinking it over, Righthaven conceded just how epically dumb it was by dropping the suit that it had just filed. Epic blunder is how Ars Technica describes it.

Mike Masnick at Techdirt also notes that "this lawsuit is so clearly wrongly targeted, I'm wondering if Gardner can't ask for sanctions against Righthaven for filing it in the first place."

Let's hope so. There is a legal term for what Righthaven is doing. It's called (among other things) barratry - the stirring up disputes and quarrels for the benefit of the lawyer filing the suits - and it is illegal in every state of the Union.

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This is an insult to

This is an insult to schizophrenics.

I agree completely, and so do

I agree completely, and so do I.

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reedr3v's picture

Thanks for keeping us informed on

this issue.

It is just wrong for the courts to even entertain such suits.

These groups that suppose to represent industry rarely serve the peoples interests.

It is the foreign kings (literally) and their foreign owned corporate empires that are allowed to gain status in American courts by way of owning American corporate entities.

Its time that we reduce corporate access to the American legal system; a system that was designed around people having equal access as opposed to giant corporate associations having special access by way of their economies of scale.


Michael Nystrom's picture

Conservative Mom Sued

Here is her blog:

Thoughts from a Conservative Mom

This is the last thing she needs.


Steve Green reports on it at the end of this article:


He's the man.


they should change their name to

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SteveMT's picture

Hearing voices is one thing, but are they now listening to them?

They sound like they are lashing out at anyone wildly, then upon returning to rational thinking, then saying "never mind."

They need psychotherapy.