Originally posted 2014-07-30 13:27:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sunset for Righthaven?

Clayton Cramer, via Insty, report on an unsurprising, but still dramatic, development in the Righthaven saga, which I tweeted about last night:

From the ever useful Steve Green at Vegas Inc.:

A federal judge in Las Vegas today issued a potentially-devastating ruling against copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC, finding it doesn’t have standing to sue over Las Vegas Review-Journal stories, that it has misled the court and threatening to impose sanctions against Righthaven.

Judge Hunt did not just dismiss Righthaven’s suit; he gave them two weeks to respond as to why they should not be sanctioned by the court and held liable for the legal fees of Democratic Underground.  My hope is that once this is settled, there will be a massive dogpile of all the people that were intimidated into settling out of court with Righthaven, and the net effect will be both immediate bankruptcy for Righthaven, and perhaps the destruction of Stephens Media as well.

Yes, and ouch, that would leave a mark. (UPDATE:  Here’s the order.)

Now, based on everything Steve Gibson from Righthaven has said, including at this event we did together last week, Righthaven is, also at this point, not surprised and is “looking forward” to appellate review.  That’s not only reasonable, that’s just about all Righthaven can look forward to at this point, at least in Nevada.

Because I, on behalf of the Media Bloggers Association, still have stuff pending in the related cases, I am not inclined to say a lot more.  For now.

Well, okay, I will say this rather neutral thing:  If the circuit court really writes something about this case, it’s going to be a big deal.  Win, lose or draw.

By Ron Coleman

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