Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More about Righthaven's "copyright assignment" business model, and about its web domain

Kurt Opsahl has an important article at Electronic Frontier Foundation “Why Righthaven’s Copyright Assignment is a Sham – and Why It Matters”, April 18, link here. 

He also mentions their co-counsel, Fenwick & West (link) as a technology and life sciences law firm in the Silicon Valley (Mountain View, next to "you know who").  In time, I hope the LLP will have and publish  its own definitive press releases on this whole matter.

Mr. Opsahl again reviews the whole “champerty” problem, of assigning ownership rights to an outside party with the only purpose of suing supposed violators. The article produces analysis that certain questions Righthaven’s “good faith” in its claims, to put it mildly.

There is indeed a good question as to how absolute “intellectual property rights” of an owner may be. One cannot put out or reserve intellectual property for an illegal purpose only. At the other extreme, however, control of one’s own work could be in jeopardy if one were asked to prove it could “make money” in the conventional sense of business marketing.

It’s been reported that Righthaven’s  Web domain is now “redirecting” and is no longer up. Godaddy has it marked as an “invalid domain name”.

And there are other stories floating around speculating on how employment at Righthaven would look on an attorney’s resume. Think again about “online reputation.”

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