Editor's Rant

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Most of the archives from early 2003, to those in March 2013, now have expired links that redirect you to paid archives. Besides taking up a lot of space, they have also become a liability. A substantial portion of most news archives contain "fair use" copyrighted material. It would not be prudent putting my previous archives online, until the "fair use" doctrine becomes settled law again.

Have Media Companies Destroyed Their Copyrights With The 'Share' Button?, (2-16-2011, Joe Mullin, PaidContent.org), or (pdf-file)
Righthaven Dealt a Big Blow in Copyright Fight, Courthouse News, (6-17-2011)
Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use, Wired Magazine, (6-20-2011)
Recapping Righthaven Developments from the Past Two Weeks, (6-29-2011)
MediaNews Group CEO: It Was a 'Dumb Idea' to Hire Righthaven, The publisher won't pursue current litigation, says Adweek, (9-08-2011)
Newspaper admits that copyright trolling was a bad idea, (TechEye, 9-09-2011), and (Huffington Post, 9-10-2011)
Righthaven, King Of Suing Without Notification, Whines To Judge About Motions Filed Against It Without Enough Notification, (TechDirt, 9-14-2011)
Righthaven ruling by Denver judge "stunning rebuke" of copyright troll, attorney says, (Denver Westword, 9-29-2011)
Copyright fight on behalf of newspapers crushed in Denver federal court, (9-29-2011, Denver Post)
Righthaven hit with largest fine yet: $119,488 in Nevada, (10-29-2011, ars technica)
Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets, (11-01-2011, By Steve Green, VegasInc.com)
Google in Fray Over Righthaven Copyrights, (January 16, 2012, Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News)
The fair use of copyrighted material even for non-profit use is still -- in February 2013 -- being litigated in the U.S. courts.

UPDATE
Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others, -- the fair use of copyrighted material for non-profit use has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead (Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, May 9, 2013)
9th Circuit: No Relief for Copyright Troll Righthaven (Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Foundation, May 9, 2013)
Ninth Circuit Decision - Righthaven v. Hoehn and Righthaven v. DiBiase (pdf file)

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Lawrence Auclair, editor & webmaster can be reached at:   evacuationplans@gmail.com

-- Last updated, Oct 6, 2013
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