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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that in its latest case, Righthaven is seeking relief from copyright infringement by the Drudge Report website and by the Drudge Archives website and asking for a preliminary and permanent injunction against infringement on a photo copyright, control of the Drudge Report website and statutory damages up to $150,000. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Righthaven complains about the use of Denver Post photograph of a Transportation Security Administration agent patting down an airline passenger. Drudge displayed an unauthorized reproduction of the photo on the Drudge Report website on Nov. 18, according to the civil complaint. Shawn Mangano, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on Righthaven's behalf, says it is the first time Righthaven has sued over use of a copyrighted illustration. Righthaven also takes issue with the fact that the Drudge Report has no DMCA takedown regime to respond to those who allege violations of copyright. "I assume it's going to be very seriously litigated," says Mangano, noting that Drudge has substantial financial resources."
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Righthaven Sues for Control of Drudge Report

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  • For acting in such an obviously cartooney evil way. But next time, instead of just demanding control of a well-known blog over one lousy picture, and thus starkly outlining the dangers of copyright w.r.t. the First Amendment, could you work in a lawsuit against an 8-year old or something? Seriously, of course Drudge wouldn't have a DMCA process; it's not applicable in cases where the publisher is exercising editorial control over the contents.

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