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Righthaven Loses 79

A month ago we noted that the legal system had put Righthaven on hold, but now redwolfe7707 noted that "A federal judge in Nevada says a Las Vegas law firm targeting unauthorized content on the Internet cannot sue others over a news company's copyrights. The Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday the dismissal of a lawsuit by copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC against the website Democratic Underground. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roger Hunt says copyright plaintiffs must control the rights to material in order to sue for copyright infringement."
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Righthaven Loses

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  • My favorite line. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SniperJoe ( 1984152 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @12:23PM (#36451920)
    My favorite line from the judge's ruling?

    "IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Righthaven show cause, in writing, no later than two (2) weeks from the date of this order, why it should not be sanctioned. "

    Kudos to the Judge on this one.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @12:41PM (#36452212)

    Much more detailed than the submitter's link: techdirt's article [].

  • by starfishsystems ( 834319 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @01:10PM (#36452584) Homepage
    Reminds me of the old tale about the woodcutter and the layabout. The woodcutter is just doing his job, out there splitting logs for the village, working along quietly. Along comes the layabout, who sits down, makes himself comfortable, drinks a couple of beer, all the time making grunting and puffing noises in time to the work.

    At the end of the day, the woodcutter goes to collect his wages from the village clerk. The layabout tags along. Then, just as the bag of coins is brought out, he pipes up, "Hey, I'm entitled to half of that, because I did half the work. I made all the sounds."

    The clerk says, "Right then, let's be fair. I'll count it out." And he carefully counts it into two piles.

    The coins make a satisfying clinking sound as each pile grows. The layabout rubs his hands in anticipation. Then the clerk gathers the two piles together and gives the lot to the woodcutter, who cheerfully departs.

    "Hey, what about my share?", says the layabout.

    The clerk replies, "You've just been paid in full. You made only the sound of work, and so you have received only the sound of payment."

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