US Senator Candidate Accused of Copyright InfringementAdded: Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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As we all understand, news and commentary often go hand in hand, and the political news is not an exception. Sharron Angle, the US Republican senator candidate, finds herself on the copyright lawsuit hit list for reposting a part of the news article.
It was always believed that the copyright lawsuits targeted as many people as possible that were unable to defend themselves, working out in the rights owners’ favor. However, this belief may be discredited by the start of newspapers legal campaign aimed at stopping copyright infringing material related to news.
This sort of litigation began several months ago, when Righthaven LLC started their quest to save the news industry by buying out the copyrights to newspaper articles and then suing websites reposting that news without permission. The system proved to be quite lucrative.
Some cases of copyright infringement with Conservative media outlets targeted were already revealed within this copyright infringement campaign. But now it’s growing further, with the Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle reported to have also received a copyright infringement warning notice. Actually, she is demanded $150,000 in penalties along with direct ownership of her domain. The accusation is made for merely reposting a small part of a newspaper article.
In fact, there were not only Republicans affected by this campaign, as the Democratic Party of Nevada has also been sued recently under the same issue. Actually, the Democratic Party was the one who pointed out at Sharron Angle reposting the copyrighted content. Either way, both sides of the American political spectrum have already been hit with this campaign, and it should mean something.
The supporters of this litigation campaign argue that a great number of readers have seen the articles in question on Sharron Angle’s blog but not the initial source, which means a clear loss of the eyeballs translated into advertising revenue.
Still, such accusations are more about free speech, and especially fair use provision of the law. One should agree that taking a snippet out of an article and commenting it is supposed to be considered fair use, as the author is linking to the original sources and commenting on a small snippet, with adding new information. This way, it’s hard to be considered as facilitating the loss of the eyeballs translated into advertising revenue.
September 16th, 2010Posted by:
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
|Anyone want to repost this??? LOL|
|Interesting that the "copyright" holders are doing what they do in expectation of this happening then they sue the very people they need to get laws they demand passed.|
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot..
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