Harry Reid's Opponent Included in Righthaven Lawsuit
Reading my column could save you a lot of money and headaches.
In my Aug. 23 Surfin' Safari, I warned bloggers to beware of posting stories from any and all Stephens Media news outlets, publishers of over 70 newspapers in nine states. At the time, I wrote that military blogger Blackfive took action when he learned of lawsuits being brought by the Las Vegas-based legal wrangler Righthaven against bloggers reprinting Stephens Media copyrighted content.
Evidently candidate for U.S. Senate Sharron Angle didn't read my column, because she has been caught in Righthaven's net and is being sued for using content from the Las Vegas Review on her campaign website.
Righthaven tracks Internet traffic for copyright infringements of Review-Journal stories. It then buys the copyright for a story from the newspaper's owner, Stephens Media LLC, and sues the alleged infringer.
Cue the music. I'm hearing the ominous theme from the movie "Jaws," about a shark that terrorized everyone in the pool.
News aggregator Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has a link to a Firefox plug-in to ensure that his readers don't accidentally use content contained in Stephens Media.