9th Circ. Doubts Newspapers Can Pass Along IP Rights

Law360, Los Angeles (February 5, 2013, 3:49 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday appeared skeptical that Righthaven LLC, a holding company set up to enforce newspapers' copyrights, had standing to sue people who posted newspaper articles online, saying that publishing companies aren't allowed to assign their rights to bring copyright infringement lawsuits to third parties.

A three-judge panel expressed skepticism that Righthaven had the right to sue individuals who posted newspaper and magazine content online, when the publishers themselves owned the copyrights.

“At the end of the day, I don't see how Righthaven...
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