Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Sep 2010 16:30 UTC
Legal We've all heard of patent trolls who buy up patents without using them to make any products. Their only goal is to seek out possible infringers and sue them, making money via the justice system. It was only a matter of time, but we've now got something new: copyright trolls.
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RE: The selling of copyright
by mr_pinsky on Mon 6th Sep 2010 18:21 UTC in reply to "The selling of copyright"
mr_pinsky
Member since:
2010-09-06

regarding the 'lifting' of a paragraph from their homepage: that's obviously covered by the 'fair use' doctrine. otherwise, even copying a page from some book at a library would be illegal (which it's not).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

Edited 2010-09-06 18:26 UTC

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

I'm not so sure this is covered by fair use. You see, Righthaven are alleging that Sharron Angle reprinted two whole articles on her website. Usually that kind of situation is not an issue if the person reprinting the articles mentions the source but in this case, Righthaven aren't even the source, they bought the copyright with the sole intentions of suing.

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

I may have misunderstood this, but aren't they working on behalf of the client which owns the copyright---no buying involved.

Regarding your earlier statement, when work is done on commission, would you not regard this as a legitimate case of copyright transferring from one individual or organisation to another? Ghost writers, for example. And if not, where do you draw the line? If the ghost writer wrote half of someone's book, do they then own half, capable therefore of holding the named author's work effectively to ransom? Just an example.

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