Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

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.

(Note: If you do not advertise on your site and it is not a pay-site, then the copyrights fall under FAIR USE unless the copyright holder specifically limits that the information cannot be retransmitted/reprinted without the copyright holder's permission.)

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