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Death Knell For Righthaven In 9th Circuit Decision 36

Posted by timothy
from the but-that's-the-wicked-copyright-troll-of-the-east dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from Ars Technica: "Righthaven, the Las Vegas operation that sought to turn newspaper article copyright lawsuits into a business model, can now slap a date on its death certificate: May 9, 2013. This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on the two Righthaven appeals that could have given the firm a final glimmer of hope — and the court told Righthaven to take a hike (PDF)."
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Death Knell For Righthaven In 9th Circuit Decision

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  • "I'm not dead yet" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday May 09, 2013 @04:23PM (#43679641)

    Reminds me of the Monty Python skit. But I digress. We might be able to stick a fork in this business and call it done, but they haven't targetted the individuals behind it; They can simply incorporate under a new name, in a new jurisdiction, and continue on their merry. And there's a lot of other ways to troll people with official-looking legal letters of demand that have proven successful as well, when you look at it from a profit perspective.

    The courts will have to do a lot more than this to stop them: They need to make people personally liable, not just the company names they use as shields.

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