Although I’ve been declaring the end being near for the much-disliked copyright troll Righthaven, a judge’s order requiring the firm to surrender all of its copyrights might just be the final nail in the coffin. Maybe. Finally.
Since Righthaven’s business model consisted of “acquire copyright, threaten, profit,” the loss of its copyrights prevents the second and thirds steps. Allowing the cases to go to litigation wasn’t part of the plan, and never ended well for Righthaven. In fact, Righthaven’s court losses got them into this pickle.
See, going to litigation can be lucrative… hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars could be up for grabs. But, it’s a bit like playing Russian Roulette… if you lose, you pay, whether you brought the complaint or were the accused. Righthaven’s business model, didn’t bring in the BIG bucks, but it was steady and relatively reliable income. Most people would rather throw money at a problem than face it in court, but once someone does fight back, the results are a bit like the scene in The Chronicles of Riddick where one Vin Diesel threatens to kill a bully with his teacup and follows through: the bully is left shocked, humiliated, and dead. Sound familiar yet?
There are a few lessons to be learned here: the first is that Grandma’s fine China is a deadly weapon. The second is that fighting the troll works if the law is on your side.