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Third-party purchases of copyright suits

An entrepreneur has formed a company called Righthaven to purchase the right to sue infringers of newspaper copyrights, using the threat of huge Copyright Act damages—$150,000 an infringement—in the hopes of generating quick settlements. It has brought eighty suits to date against websites that have copied Las Vegas Review-Journal stories verbatim, but, one defendant alleges, doesn't always follow the takedown notice procedures of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act first. [Wired; LVRJ; LVRJ (h/t CC)]

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Isaac Gorodetski
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Manhattan Institute

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Manhattan Institute


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