About that Post on the Las Vegas Cop

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Some of you asked what happened to yesterday’s post about the Las Vegas man who was beaten for recording a cop.

Let’s just say I recommend you make a donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

No, I wasn’t served. But some friends who deal with copyright law advised I take the post down. Not because I did anything wrong—a link and an excerpt of an article are more than covered by fair use—more  just to avoid a lot of hassle. Much as I’d like to take a bold stand against the copyright trolls at Righthaven, a big fight over a single post isn’t worth my time right now.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (and a number of other newspapers) is apparently hellbent on making itself completely irrelevant in the information age. Far be it from me to get in their way.

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21 Responses to “About that Post on the Las Vegas Cop”

  1. #1 |  H | 

    Radley, what do you recommend for your readers who may have shared that post on Google Reader (or other services)? As far as I can tell, that post is still available on Reader.

  2. #2 |  Ken | 

    You know you’ve got lawyers out here who have your back, right?

  3. #3 |  Matt | 

    Yes, give in to bullies. That will ensure you won’t be bullied in the future.

  4. #4 |  random_guy | 

    Really, there are people that get upset when you give them links and borrow a paragraph?

    I thought all the people like that were still busy trying to update their geocities page with dancing-baby gifs.

  5. #5 |  Chris Rhodes | 

    The LVRJ/Righthaven copyright trolls are at least getting hammered in court.

    See: Techdirt’s huge listing of Righthaven nonsense.

  6. #6 |  M | 

    Just toss Carlos Miller another link instead: http://www.pixiq.com/article/las-vegas-cop-beats-man-for-videotaping-him

  7. #7 |  FU_Righthaven | 

    ATTENTION RIGHTHAVEN:

    As a result of your litigious nature (and its chilling effect), I will, starting now, openly, brazenly, deliberately, and relentlessley plagiarize, copy, steal, mirror, repost, and otherwise disseminate any and all copyrighted material that has been, is being, or will be produced, released, shared, or transmitted by your organization and/or the organizations you represent. My intent in this action is to wantonly violate your copyright and the copyrigth of organizations you represent as much as physically possible for the remainder of your organization’s existence. For further information as to the motivation of my action, please research “The Streisand Effect.”

  8. #8 |  TomG | 

    I’ll just leave this link here from Ars Technica.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/copyright-troll-righthaven-achieves-spectacular-fair-use-loss.ars

    That was published on 3/22. I’m not criticizing you for your decision, but more information is always good – one of my primary beliefs.

  9. #9 |  Cyto | 

    I recommend you make a donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    Excellent suggestion. I’ve been a patron for years. I think they’ll even let you stipulate that your funds not be used to litigate the enforcement of the use of “GNU/Linux” as the name of the famous Unix compatible OS. :)

  10. #10 |  Highway | 

    Maybe you should have left the post and comments up, but inserted this post in the text instead. Just a suggestion for next time.

  11. #11 |  me | 

    I think they’ll even let you stipulate that your funds not be used to litigate the enforcement of the use of “GNU/Linux” as the name of the famous Unix compatible OS. :)

    You seem to have confused the Electronic Frontier Foundation with the Free Software Foundation. I don’t believe anyone at the EFF cares about that “issue”.

  12. #12 |  perlhaqr | 

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/dmca-righthaven-loophole/

    Probably not a bad idea for someone who is a professional blogger anyway. Even without Righthaven.

  13. #13 |  wilemann | 

    So let me get this straight. Righthaven sues webs sites that help Righthavens so called clients increase viewer traffic?

  14. #14 |  trackerk | 

    I program all my browsers with a blocklist for righthaven sites. The evil can’t get me now.

  15. #15 |  Mario | 

    This comes directly from the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s link, How to link to the RJ:

    Stephens Media welcomes hypertext links to its electronically-published textual content. The appropriate method for linking to Stephens Media content is to post only the headline and the first paragraph of a story and then a link to the original textual material.

    Let’s put aside “appropriate,” and whether or not what they’re asking is appropriate or not, for the moment. Radley, was the link and the excerpt you provided not “appropriate” according to their (desired) guidelines?

  16. #16 |  Mannie | 

    #4 | random_guy | April 27th, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Really, there are people that get upset when you give them links and borrow a paragraph?

    No, they consider copyright suits to be a profit center.

  17. #17 |  Highway | 

    Yeah, they don’t get ‘upset’. They get Scrooge McDuck Dollar $ign$ in their eyes.

    And I think that Radley had linked more than just the first paragraph. According to their ‘guidelines’, you can’t even copy quotes out of the rest of the article to highlight or rebut.

  18. #18 |  Davis | 

    Righthaven presents an excellent case for breathing new life into the copyright misuse doctrine. Unfortunately, their lawyers seem to be just smart enough to know better than to appeal any loss up to a circuit court of appeals, where they might have a significant fraction of their cases precluded by some actual binding legal precedent.

  19. #19 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    The takeaway lesson from this is to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation: http://www.eff.org.

    A kickass group and lots of great membership benefits to boot. Do it now.

  20. #20 |  Cyto | 

    #11 | me | April 27th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Actually I was referring to the nexus of the Great One, Richard Stallman. EFF award recipient, originator of many of the great ideas of the internet age and noted pedant.

    Really the only reason for the connection at that moment was that I had just finished reading up on GPLv3 and Tivo-ization and had run across some old Stallman rants on GNU/Linux, Emacs etc. In and amongst this was the EFF (and the FSF) and copyright law. So being mushed in my noodle, I thought it was a funny combo. A couple days later… not quite so much…

    Such is the power of the internet comments section… every offhand remark preserved for posterity.

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