Maybe a cup of tea would help.
The publisher of the Nevada Review-Journal, turning a copyright obsession into a bottom line booster, has sued (through affiliate Righthaven) the state’s Republican candidate for U.S. Senate (Tea Party darling Sharron Angle, pictured, who’s trying to take down Majority Leader Harry Reid) for … get this … republishing on her campaign Website an R-J news article and editorial.
R-J/Righthaven’s been suing small bloggers big time, without warning. As of last week, Righthaven had reportedly sued 107 Websites, a grim turn on an uncharted online path. Now, the legal guns are aimed at a major political candidate.
We’re talking madness here. And unconscionable greed.
Last week, I pointed out that R-J/Righthaven’s actions are fresh proof of the bankruptcy of print journalism: Here’s a publisher who can’t get enough grownups to buy his crap, so he’s resorting to ripping tattered copies of yesterday’s editions from the hands of little kids who picked them out of the trash. The suit against Angle is just the latest obscenity out of Vegas.
I wish that what’s happening in Vegas would stay in Vegas. But it’s not staying in Vegas — R-J/Righthaven suits have already struck across the country, and they’ll likely be coming soon to a blog near you.
Sharron Angle hit with lawsuit (from Politico)
Why we are writing about the R-J copyright lawsuits (from Las Vegas Sun)
What goes around comes around … Righthaven Sues Senate Candidate Sharron Angle (by Mike Masnick on TechDirt) includes this interesting twist:
What’s really ironic here is that Sharron Angle is the candidate we talked about back in July — claiming copyright infringement by Senator Harry Reid [who reposted material from an old Angle Website] … Angle insisted she would sue, though as far as I can tell, no lawsuit was ever actually filed …
I would imagine that Angle’s words [to Reid] at the time might come back to haunt her here:
“Well your website is like you, it’s your intellectual property,” Angle said. “So they can’t use something that’s yours, intellectual property, unless they pay you for it or get your permission… And he didn’t ask me for it, and he didn’t pay me for it.”