Judge: Posting of complete editorial to website forum doesn't violate copyright law

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Righthaven's campaign of copyright infringement lawsuits has suffered another setback after a federal judge ruled that a man didn't violate copyright law when he posted a complete Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial to an online forum. David Kravets writes that the judge agreed that the posting of the editorial was "fair use" because there was no evidence that it harmed readership on the paper's website. Righthaven's case wasn't helped by the fact that just five of the editorial's 19 paragraphs were the author's own opinion — not enough for the judge to consider it a "creative work." Righthaven was seeking $150,000 in damages. || Earlier: Judge rules that Righthaven can't sue on behalf of Review-Journal

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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