Copyright troll's biggest fan commits terminal irony

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10 Responses to “Copyright troll's biggest fan commits terminal irony”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “if Frederick won the case, it would establish that the sort of quoting Righthaven decries is fair use. If Frederick loses, well, he loses — DMCA damages run to $150K per act of infringement.”

    Lol, I swear I want to print that out and frame it. :)

    I’m thinking that Sherman Frederick and the nice folks at Righthaven might be having a Maalox Moment right about now.

  2. rmstallman says:

    The important issue here is whether quoting is banned. If someone
    sues Righthaven for quoting and wins, perhaps because the court
    despises Righthaven for other reasons, we will all be the losers.
    Seeing Sherman Frederick pay $150k, or even $150m, would be no
    compensation for our loss of freedom.

  3. Anonymous says:

    But sureley if he wins and has to pay himself $150K does that effectively buy himself the option of continuing?

  4. dogden says:

    I love this. The first ruling against Righthaven was nice, and establishing that you can’t create a copyright troll like Righthaven was important. But it didn’t really get to the core issue, did it?

    Righthaven was suing over what was basically quotation. Turning that around on its founder, and denying him rights that he would deny others, would be an appropriate way to drive home the point.

    Still, I hope no one takes the copyright and sues. I mean, what if they won?

  5. AnthonyC says:

    “if Frederick won the case, it would establish that the sort of quoting Righthaven decries is fair use. If Frederick loses, well, he loses — DMCA damages run to $150K per act of infringement.”

    Now *that* is delightful.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love BB’s linking policy! Very clever!

  7. Erin W says:

    Is it even a Catch-22 if you do it to yourself?

  8. Teufelaffe says:

    Just a note, the link to the article on the words “lashing out” is to an invalid URI. The correct URI is:

    http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/sherm/Content_protection_–_Night_of_the_unthinking_commentator_.html

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