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The Man Who Sued The Internet

What do you call a thousand lawyers chained
together at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.

But let's begin with just three lawyers:
Barak Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson.

All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where both
Gibson and Michelle Obama specialized in "intellectual property" law
for the firm. You know..... copyright law and such.

Now, in a totally coincidental move, Steve Gibson, via his Righthaven
firm, has launched a salvo of legal suits demanding a payoff of $75,000
from internet websites, for alleged copyright law infringements incurred
when the sites posted extracts from major media news articles.

The tactic is designed to severely damage internet free speech; and to
bolster the declining fortunes of major media --while also raking in the
RICO dollars for Mr. Gibson. When I say 'RICO,' I mean: as in racket.

The clever part that only a lawyer could have thought up, is that Gibson's
firm first identifies news articles which have been widely reprinted in part
or in full on internet sites. Gibson then buys the copyright for these news
articles from a major media client. Finally, as new owner of the copyright
for these articles, Gibson launches lawsuits against bloggers and websites.

The firm does not first issue any "cease and desist" notice warning bloggers
that they are infringing copyright. No, step one is straight to court --for
maximum intimidation.

Gibson's opening tranche of 107 lawsuits to date, features
articles first published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Now it gets chilling:
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.)

Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits
from Wired, by David Kravets - July 22, 2010
So if Gibson gets away with this first nibble at internet websites, he
can scale up to target many more websites based on articles from
70 further Stephens Media online newspapers. Theoretically this might
inflate the number of websites targeted by suits to around 7,000.

Doubtless other corporate media conglomerates are waiting in the
wings to contract with Gibson. All this could rival in scope the infamous
RIAA music copyright issue, with likely tens of thousands of lawsuits
coming down the legal pipe and striking websites of whom most would
lack the financial resources to fight.

Already, the websites targeted in the first wave are settling the lawsuits,
with reported payments to Gibson's firm averaging around $2,500. It's
a well chosen settlement amount by Gibson. Small enough to encourage
websites to settle -large enough to act as a intimidating threat.

If all this goes to plan, many bloggers and website owners will not be
exercising their free speech online. They will be too busy scrambling
to trawl back through their archives and delete major media articles
which might make them a target. If they don't simply decommission
their blogs and websites entirely, that is.

The music industry challenge to downloader's was innocuous in it's effect,
by comparison to this gambit. The difference is that many of the news
articles on blogs and sites are about political issues as blogger's debate
the content of online political news topics. So this is likely to deeply
affect the kind of open debate we have taken for granted.

Until now.

This is a war on free speech. A political war, led by a member of the
Chicago legal mob who has close connections to the Obama's.

If you think it's only about money and not about politics you need to factor
that the second ever Gibson's lawsuit was against the National Organization
for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. You might know them better by the
acronym NORML.

The fourth Gibson target was Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington, Inc.. Other political targets of this internet witch hunt include:

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Independent Political Report
Free Republic
Americans For Democratic Action
Americans For Immigration Reform
Democratic Underground
American Political Action Committee
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC
Americans Against Food Taxes
Michael A. Nystrom of DailyPaul.com

These are the opening salvos in a war on internet free speech.

One effective defensive measure by the internet blogging community
would be to blacklist media outlets who join as clients with Gibson and his
Righthaven firm. Another would be to ensure reputational damage to
corporate media which participate. Another would be so-called 'Google
Bombing' to associate such media outlets with derogatory search terms
like "hates internet free speech."

Whatever it takes, must be done --and quickly. This is a blitzkrieg war,
and before you know it before you know it this devious plot will have
deeply damaged the cause of free speech online.

By the way, you can republish some, any or all of this article.

I won't be suing you.

http://fintandunne.blogspot.com/2010/09 ... ernet.html

Also posted at:
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/143760
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=259326
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For Latest: Righthaven on Google News
DAILY PAUL / MICHAEL NYSTROM SUED
BY RIGHTHAVEN LLC IN MASSIVE
BLOGGER COPYRIGHT SHAKEDOWN


by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 09/01/2010

The first I heard that I was being sued came in an email from Las Vegas
Sun reporter Steve Green. Green and the Las Vegas Sun have been
doing a tremendous job covering the saga of Righthaven LLC, a firm that
has filed 107 suits against bloggers and website owners since March of
this year, including one yesterday against yours truly......

Most of the content on the Daily Paul is user-generated, and my
understanding has always been that I am protected by the DMCA against
liability for user uploaded content. Under the law, standard procedure is
for the copyright holder to contact the website owner and ask that the
offending content be removed. This is a request that I have complied with
numerous times for other parties. In this particular case, I was never
contacted by Righthaven, nor the Las Vegas Review Journal, nor, as far
as I can tell, were any of the other 107 defendants.....

READ MORE: http://www.dailypaul.com/node/143700
Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

By David Kravets - July 22, 2010

Steve Gibson has a plan to save the media world’s financial crisis — and it’s not the iPad.

Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money.

READ MORE: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/0 ... r-dollars/
Righthaven CEO’s law firm in merger

By Steve Green - Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

Detroit law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC has expanded to Las Vegas by combining with Las Vegas firm Gibson Lowry Burris LLP.....

[Joining] Dickinson Wright are Steven Gibson, Jodi Donetta Lowry and J. Scott Burris, the statement said.

Gibson will be the managing partner of Dickinson Wright's Las Vegas office.

Dickinson Wright says it has more than 260 attorneys practicing in more than 40 specialty areas. Besides the Las Vegas office, it has offices in Michigan, Nashville, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Gibson is also the CEO of Righthaven LLC, a Las Vegas firm that attracted national attention this year when it filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 100 website operators and bloggers who had allegedly displayed material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal without authorization.

The lawsuits, generally filed without warning, were a departure from the usual practice in the newspaper industry of asking or demanding that infringing material be removed and replaced with links before resorting to litigation.

Gibson and Righthaven say the lawsuits are necessary to deter copyright infringement, protect newspaper industry revenue and generate revenue for Righthaven.

But some defense attorneys call Righthaven's initiative a legal shakedown aimed at coercing settlements from generally mom and pop-type websites and "barratry," or the persistent incitement of litigation -- charges denied by Righthaven.....

READ MORE: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/au ... rm-merger/
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Perhaps we will see a migration of websites to India and other safe havens from the horrors of parasitic american tort lawyers?
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JUST BREAKING....

That company Stevens Media who own
the Las Vegas Review-Journal....

Does "Stevens" ring a bell?

DONG! :!: :!: :!:
I just dug up some interesting info.

Submitted by BigT on Thu, 09/02/2010 - 17:42.

It seems that "Stephens Media" was founded by Jackson Stephens in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He also founded "Systematics", which was the corporation that acquired the "PROMIS" real-time banking transaction software from Michael Inslaw.

Vince Foster and Hillary Clinton were on the Board of Directors for Systematics. This software and Systematics were all embroiled in the BCCI Banking scandal that brought down Bert Lance and revealed BCCI being a CIA banking front.

There are rumors that this may be what ended up getting Vince Foster killed. This software was able to divert banking transactions in real time to alternate destinations.

This also was going on at the same time as the Iran-Contra affair, and there were reportedly tons of drugs coming into Mena Airport during this time, as the CIA planes shuttled to-and-from South America with guns going out and drugs coming back in, and Clinton was Governor.

Web Hubbell was tied into this, and Web Hubbell's father ran the outfit that converted the planes into mules at Mena, according to Larry Nichols. Hillary Clinton was a Director for Mena Airport when she and Web Hubbell were at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.

Jackson Stephens was in the middle of all of this.

You should hear what Larry Nichols said about it. Larry was in the middle of it and became a whistle-blower, and paid the price for many years. He tied Dan Lassiter from Ponderosa Steakhouse involved in the drug operation, and he said that the owner of Tyson Foods also had some involvement.

Larry Nichols had his own shortwave radio show in the 1990s, and was also interviewed on alot of the Patriot Radio shows back then, such as Republic Radio station on shortwave. Larry was hounded, and beaten-up horribly numerous times, couldn't get a job anywhere, was destitute, and he still spoke out.

Maybe Larry Nichols' radio archives might exist somewhere. They make VERY interesting listening.

So folks, this "Stephens Media" was founded by a bigwig who had his fingers dirty in a lot of CIA and criminal activities.

This stuff goes DEEP into the seedy underbelly of what goes on behind the political scenes.

I haven't even mentioned half of the stuff Jackson Stephens was into.
And this is his company, named after him.

I'm sure this media company is tied in to alot of the "control network" behind the scenes, just like everything else Jackson Stephens was into.
This is part of "the beast".


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Righthaven: Obama Ties To Copyright War Deepen

EXCLUSIVE BY FINTAN DUNNE

Bloggers already know of the association between Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson. The latter's Righthaven firm has launched a legal war on websites over alleged copyright infringement.

All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Gibson and Michelle Obama coincidentally specialized in copyright-related "intellectual property" law for the firm.

I've just uncovered a further Obama link to this new copyright war.

Just two weeks ago Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC acquired Steven Gibson's Las Vegas-based legal firm of Gibson Lowry Burris LLP, with Gibson becoming managing partner of what is now Dickinson's Las Vegas office.

ImageGibson will now have as a new Dickinson colleague Patrick Miles Jr., who works with Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office --one of ten satellites of the parent law firm.

Miles Jr. is currently running for the Michigan 3rd Congressional District seat which Vern Ehlers is vacating. On a Monday in early June, 2010 Miles was fortunate enough to meet personally with Obama for "just a few minutes" in Kalamazoo, MI.

"It was really good to see him," Miles told the Grand Rapids Press. "It was rare to get that time to talk with him one on one, really precious."

Miles shouldn't be so coy about his ability to engage Obama's support. After all he was a classmate of Obama's at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1991. He even helped raise the tidy sum of $250,000 for the Obama 2008 Presidential campaign. They go back a long way.

Barack, Michelle, Gibson, Miles. They all go back a long way. Maybe all four should get together and shoot the breeze about... Harvard, Sidley Austin, Dickinson Wright, Righthaven and... even copyright issues, as they pertain to uppity bloggers.

Maybe they already have.

http://fintandunne.blogspot.com/2010/09 ... t-war.html
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Defense against Righthaven no-warning lawsuits identified.

The tactic involves registering a website with US copyright
authorities and the online display of intention to remove
copyrighted material on notification by the copyright owner.

More here:
http://204.74.214.194/forum1/message1146844/pg1

See also list of Stephens Media websites to blacklist:
http://204.74.214.194/forum1/message1145812/pg1
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It can be REALLY DANGEROUS & HAZARDOUS TO YOUR LIFE to hang with the Clintons, esp at Mena airport!

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Fintan referred to "CIA and criminal activites" - but the correct phrase would be: "CIA and other criminal activities"
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The White House Blog
Releasing the Joint Strategic Plan to
Combat Intellectual Property Theft

by Victoria Espinel on June 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM EDT

I am pleased to announce that today we unveiled the Administration’s first Joint Strategic Plan to combat intellectual property theft.

The U.S. economy leads the world in innovation and creativity thanks to American inventors, artists and workers. Our ability to develop new technology, designs and artistic works supports jobs and allows us to export great new products and services around the world. Our citizens need to feel confident that they can invest in new innovation and intellectual property, knowing it will be safe from theft. Ensuring that our ideas and ingenuity are protected helps us create jobs and increase our exports......

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/ ... erty-theft

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The general opinion among techies I know is that it will continue to be basically impossible to stop the 'illegal' online copying, file sharing, etc etc etc.

Perhaps the upcoming November elections have something to do with this moral crusade?
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