Copyright troll Righthaven sues for control of Drudge Report domain

Posted: December 13th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Eriq Gardner, ArsTechnica

News aggregation impresario Matt Drudge is being sued for copyright infringement for reproducing a copyrighted photo along with a link to a story about airport security on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website.

The plaintiff in the case is Righthaven, a company that’s earned a reputation this year as a world-class copyright troll. Righthaven has sued nearly 200 parties this year alone. Righthaven has typically gone after those who post news excerpts of its partners, such as the Las Vegas Review-Journal, but pledged to be more discretionary after being handed a defeat in court by a judge who recently ruled that one of its targets had “fair use” to its work.

Instead, Righthaven announced it had teamed up with the nation’s second-biggest news chain, owners of theDenver Post among others, and has now filed a lawsuit that arguably takes the mass-suer to a whole new level with its biggest target yet.

In the new lawsuit, Righthaven asks a judge to “lock the Drudge Report Domain and transfer control of the Drudge Report Domain to Righthaven.”


According to the complaint filed yesterday in Nevada District Court, the Drudge Report website is alleged to have posted a photo first found in the Denver Post showing a TSA agent giving a pat-down at an airport.

Read the rest at this link.

Hat Tip: DProgram


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