9th Circ. Says 'Copyright Troll' Had No Right To File Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (May 9, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled on Thursday that Righthaven LLC, the holding company set up to enforce newspapers' copyrights, had no right to sue people who posted newspaper articles online, saying it did not own any exclusive rights under the Copyright Act.

The appeals court compared Righthaven's controversial business model to a story told by Abraham Lincoln “about a lawyer who tried to establish that a calf had five legs by calling its tail a leg. But the calf had only four legs, Lincoln observed, because calling...
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