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You Too Can Get Rich Filing Hundreds of Lawsuits!

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Las Vegas-based Righthaven is making a killing by purchasing copyrights to newspaper content and suing blogs and websites that repost the content without permission. You can get in on the act too!

As one example of what they're up to and how they're just killing it, Righthaven filed a suit in March against NORML for alleged copyright violations. That's right NORML!!! The non-profit National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Did I mention NORML was a non-profit? Because they're a non-profit. Be that as it may, you simply cannot post entire copyrighted articles on your site or your blog. If you do, someone will sue you. And that someone will probably be Righthaven

Note to legal! The following is a quote from an article. Just a quote!
"Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money."
Sounds good, right? Buy copyrights on the cheap then scour the Internet for violators and sue them into the stone age. Just sue them. Sue them all! I guess. The only problem is not every lawsuit has merit. Although every lawsuit does requires someone to hire an attorney, which costs money and, Hey, who in media has any of that stuff?

According to Wired, a guy in Virginia who runs the, a user-generated site that I imagine is probably about biker news, is being sued by Righthaven for allegedly running a Las Vegas Review-Journal story. The only problem is the story was posted by a user of the site. Fred Bouzek, the site's owner, tells Wired that even if he had grounds to fight the case it would be cheaper to settle.
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