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Righthaven Ordered To Turn Over Hard Drives To Creditors 51

Posted by timothy
from the reversal-of-fortune dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Remember Righthaven? Steve Green writes that the copyright troll who partnered with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file 275 no-warning copyright infringement lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 against parties that used content from those papers without authorization has just been ordered to turn over to a creditor hard drives from its computers so the creditor could determine if Righthaven has any assets that can be liquidated for the benefit of Righthaven's creditors. Federal judges in three states rejected Righthaven's lawsuits because the company lacked standing as the newspapers — not Righthaven — maintained control of the material Righthaven was suing over. Some defendants were also cleared by the fair use doctrine in copyright law. In the aftermath of Righthaven's legal debacle, the company shut down and claimed to be broke. Creditors in another case seized its website and trademark and auctioned them. They also seized the copyrights it sued over, but they didn't sell. Meanwhile Kurt Opsahl, an attorney for the EFF, has for months been urging Judge Peggy Leen to hit Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson with 'coercive sanctions' for Righthaven's failure to turn over information that will help the EFF find Righthaven assets. 'Steven Gibson is now going to have to show some responsibility,' said Opsahl after the judge issued a court order that could cost its CEO a fine of $500 per day for non-compliance. 'The CEO of Righthaven remains responsible for taking care of the business of the company.'"
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Righthaven Ordered To Turn Over Hard Drives To Creditors

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  • by qbast (1265706) on Sunday October 21, 2012 @08:16AM (#41721169)
    How about seizing and auctioning CEO?
  • Shell company patent trolling isn't illegal, but it should be. Change will obviously not come from governments. I would like to see some independent think tanks receive some funding to develop new proposals.

    Maybe the Bill and Melinda Bates Foundation could spare some cash for this, to fix problems in their own backyard, instead of Africa.

    Charity begins in the home.

    Now when is Darl McBride going to face charges at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, for crimes against humanity?

  • That's weird (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fustakrakich (1673220) on Sunday October 21, 2012 @09:18AM (#41721421) Journal

    If a judge wants to take something of mine, he'll send a cop to come and take it. Why isn't that happening here? Do the banks wait for a house to be 'turned over' when they forecloses on it?

    • Good that you noticed that too.

      Do judges have that much trouble acquiring evidence in other types of cases?

      Bonus remark:
      "Righthaven is a company, not a law firm." (Which) "partnered with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file 275 no-warning copyright infringement lawsuits". (Founded by) "Righthaven CEO and Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson", who then hired "Righthavenâ(TM)s attorney, Shawn Mangano".

      Whew! A company that is not a law firm is started by a lawyer, hires a lawyer, and files

    • by Nyder (754090)

      If a judge wants to take something of mine, he'll send a cop to come and take it. Why isn't that happening here? Do the banks wait for a house to be 'turned over' when they forecloses on it?

      No, the judge will order you to hand it over. If you don't, then the judge will issue an arrest warrent and probably a search warrent and arrest you and then search for the item. If they don't find it, you probably stay in jail for awhile. If they do, then it depends on how much you suck up to the judge on how long he keeps you for obstruction or whatever they call when you don't do what the court/judge ordered you to.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      If a judge wants to take something of mine, he'll send a cop to come and take it. Why isn't that happening here? Do the banks wait for a house to be 'turned over' when they forecloses on it?

      Actually that's not necessarily true.

      If The State has a judgement against you then that is true. But... As someone who has been issued a small settlement in a legal dispute I can say that the courts will issue you a judgement, but it's up to YOU to figure out how to collect it. Now YOU, armed with a court order can certainly show up on their doorstep with the local sheriff and start hauling off stuff. Provided that the company isn't in bankruptcy and there are more than one of you to fight over the spoils,

  • by TDyl (862130)
    I always thought there was something dodgy about Steve...
  • We Don't Go to Righthaven

  • by MrL0G1C (867445)

    Karma's a bitch eh Steve.
    waaaaaaa ha ha ha ha he so deserves it. ;-D

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