Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stephens Media is Suing Bloggers. TAKE NOTE.

Most people know that Stephens Media owns West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, and Big Island Weekly, basically a monopoly of the Big Island's print media. Stephens also own newspapers nationwide.

What Big Island bloggers need to know is that Stephens Media's Las Vegas Review-Journal has partnered with Righthaven, a legal extortion operation, to file 81 (as of July 20) lawsuits against bloggers or website operators who have reposted part of all of LVRJ articles. No "take-down" or warning letters are sent before the lawsuit is filed. As the attorneys representing one of the people sued by Righthaven put it, "This strongly suggests that these suits were filed, not for the legitimate purpose of enforcing copyrights, but rather, to coerce several settlements as part of a massive cash grab facilitated by judicial process."

The most ominous quote, for Hawaii bloggers, is from the WIRED article (check out the picture of Righthaven's CEO. His picture can also be found in the dictionary, under "smug a$$hole" I'm informed, and believe):
Now he’s talking expansion. The Review-Journal’s publisher, Stephens Media in Las Vegas, runs over 70 other newspapers in nine states, and Gibson says he already has an agreement to expand his practice to cover those properties. (Stephens Media declined comment, and referred inquiries to Gibson.) Hundreds of lawsuits, he says, are already in the works by year’s end. “We perceive there to be millions, if not billions, of infringements out there,” he says.

More information here, here, and here. The "Stop the LVRJ/Righthaven Witch Hunt" Facebook page is here.

So don't re-post articles from WHT or HRH, don't quote from their articles, and (in my opinion) don't even link to them. Isolate the bastards.


4 comments:

damontucker.com said...

Old news:

http://damontucker.com/2010/07/05/stephens-media-sueing-bloggers-and-websites-that-use-their-content/

and the way to get around it if you were to steal their crap:

http://claytonecramer.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-make-you-dont-accidental-visit.html

John Powell said...

Damon
What a surprise, your response is to toot your own horn. Your error-filled article didn't have the information that the suits come without prior notice, or that Stephens is planning to follow the same course in regard to ALL of its papers. Also, contrary to what you posted, the people being sued DID link back to the LVJR. Other than that, thanks for the feedback.

Tiffany Edwards Hunt said...

I have to wonder, if you are the writer of one of Stephens Media's stories and then you repost the article that you wrote for SM on your own blog, is that a violation?

I shall await the pounce from Righthaven, I guess, because, other than the example posted above, I really am making every effort not to make mention of West Hawaii Today or Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

parv said...

EFF defends against on use of 4-paragraph excerpt of 34-paragraph article, files countersuit: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/righthaven-sham/