Righthaven appeals loss of ‘fair-use’ ruling, settles with Drudge

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Righthaven appeals loss of ‘fair-use’ ruling, settles with Drudge

In October, 2010 copyright infringement extortionist, Righthaven, received its first judgement to date among their 238 lawsuits against websites and blogs; the case was dismissed on “fair-use” grounds. The defendant re-posted the first 8 sentences of a 30-sentence article originally published by Righthaven’s partner Las Vegas Review-Journal. U.S. District Judge, Larry Hicks, who granted the motion, explained his decision:

‘The court finds that this use weighs in favor of a fair use of the copyrighted material,’ Hicks wrote in his ruling, citing case law stating ‘copying only as much as necessary in a greater work (story) to provide relevant factual information weighs in favor of fair use.’….

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