Archive for June 15th, 2011
WC’s readers will recall that, as a service to readers, WC provided a Field Guide to Trolls some weeks ago. In that discussion, WC noted that the most infamous Copyright Troll, something called Righthaven, LLC, had recently been kneecapped by an annoyed federal district court judge.
A different federal district court judge recently went further, and has issued an order to show cause why Righthaven, and its lawyers, shouldn’t be held in contempt for failing to disclose a revenue sharing agreement with Stephens Media. If you have a financial stake in a lawsuit, you are required to be a party to the lawsuit. This is first year law school stuff.
Props to Nevada U.S District Judge Roger Hunt for calling this troll out. If he makes an example of Righthaven, the law will have gone a long ways towards stopping this kind of abuse of intellectual property law. A business model built on blackmail should be squashed.