Feeds

Righthaven struggles in court and at home

Rumours of death 'exaggerated'

Security for virtualized datacentres

The notorious patent copyright troll Righthaven, founded on a premise that newspapers could assign their rights to sue for copyright infringement without actually assigning copyright, is suffering on multiple fronts.

In US District Court in Denver, Colorado the US firm's latest setback is following a now-familiar pattern: a judge has been asked to dismiss a case over infringement of copyrights held by the Denver Post because Righthaven is not the copyright holder. If the current judge follows a Nevada decision made against Righthaven, the case is likely to be given the flick.

According to Vegas Inc, opponents of a case being heard by US District Judge John Kane in Denver have asked that the Denver Post case be terminated. The judge has put more than 30 other cases on hold while he considers the future of this case.

The Colorado case provides another wrinkle, with Wired publishing a filing in which the company’s counsel Steven Ganim has withdrawn from representing Righthaven on the grounds that he has been laid off. Paid Content has quoted an email received from CEO Steven Gibson denying that the company is in financial trouble.

Las Vegas-based Righthaven is appealing the Nevada decision, and in the Denver Post case is complaining that EFF, the prominent US digital rights group that is fighting it in the courts, should not have standing to ask for dismissal. EFF responded with both procedural and contractual reasons that Righthaven should not have the right to sue.

Last week, more Righthaven cases were terminated in Nevada when the company failed to serve documents on the defendants in time. These cases were dismissed “without prejudice”, meaning that if it can replace its legal counsel, and if its standing to bring lawsuits survives the current stoush, it could take the defibrillator to those cases. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.