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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:48 AM
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Righthaven hit with largest fine yet: $119,488
Nevada's homegrown copyright troll, Righthaven, started life with a plan to save the newspaper business through infringement lawsuitsbut nearly staggering incompetence has left the company on the receiving end of fine after fine from federal judges. Today, Righthaven was hit with a new fine for $116,718 in legal fees and $2,770 in costs.

The case, Righthaven vs. Thomas DiBiase, was another of the small-time infringement claims brought by Righthaven. The firm generally used the lawsuits to extract settlements of a few thousand dollars, but DiBiase refused to settle up. Instead, he lawyered up--and managed to get the case dismissed on June 22 based on the fact that Righthaven didn't actually own the copyrights over which it was suing people. (See initial comment about "staggering incompetence.")

This meant that Righthaven might owe attorney fees to DiBiase's legal team. Federal judge Roger Hunt of Nevada today concluded that the $116,718 fee request from that team was "reasonable and necessary," and he slapped Righthaven with its largest fine to date.

And the bad news keeps coming. In a separate case, Righthaven vs. Newsblaze, attorneys for Randazza Legal Groupwhich has already won several smaller awards from Righthaven but has had some trouble getting paidtoday filed a sanctions motion against a key Righthaven counsel, Shawn Mangano.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/rightha...
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:19 AM
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1. Haw-haw! n/t
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:21 AM
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2. Good
May the bastards be totally discredited and bankrupted.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:24 AM
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:09 AM
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4. So Righthaven's plan to create an infringement lawsuit cottage industry
has generated a "win lawsuits against Righthaven" cottage industry

I'm proud of DU for being part of it.

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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:03 PM
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