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Righthaven Ordered to Turn Over Hard Drives to Creditors

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | about a year ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Remember Righthaven? Steve Green writes that the copyright troll who partnered with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file 275 no-warning copyright infringement lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 against parties that used content from those papers without authorization has just been ordered to turn over to a creditor hard drives from its computers so the creditor could determine if Righthaven has any assets that can be liquidated for the benefit of Righthaven’s creditors. Federal judges in three states rejected Righthaven's lawsuits because the company lacked standing as the newspapers — not Righthaven — maintained control of the material Righthaven was suing over. Some defendants were also cleared by the fair use doctrine in copyright law. In the aftermath of Righthaven’s legal debacle, the company shut down and claimed to be broke. Creditors in another case seized its website and trademark and auctioned them. They also seized the copyrights it sued over, but they didn’t sell. Meanwhile Kurt Opsahl, an attorney for the EFF, has for months been urging Judge Peggy Leen to hit Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson with “coercive sanctions” for Righthaven’s failure to turn over information that will help the EFF find Righthaven assets. “Steven Gibson is now going to have to show some responsibility,” said Opsahl after the judge issued a court order that could cost its CEO a fine of $500 per day for non-compliance. “The CEO of Righthaven remains responsible for taking care of the business of the company.”"

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