Steve Gibson, founder of RightHaven LLC, must live in an another universe.
He was interviewed by Joe Mullin for the Corporate Counsel section of Law.com in an article that appeared yesterday. He seemed a bit bewildered by all the attention that his lawsuits have gathered. He goes on to say:
“It’s unbelievable,” says Gibson. “There appears to be a groundswell of interest in our business model.”
He says that like he thinks every intellectual property lawyer in the world now wants to form another RightHaven LLC to sue as many bloggers as they can find in order to become rich and famous. Earth to Steve – you aren’t considered a model but rather a pariah by most in the legal and journalism communities.
Mark Hinueber, general counsel of Stephens Media, joins Gibson in this alternate reality fantasy when he notes:
“My hope,” says Hinueber, “is we will raise awareness of copyright laws, and have more links back to our site, and have less of our material infringed on the Internet.”
While Hinueber may be correct that that they have raised awareness of copyright law, he is a fool to think that bloggers will link to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. If anything, it and the rest of the Stephens Media chain are being actively boycotted by bloggers. Less of the LVRJ’s material will be “infringed” because no one is going to touch it.
To paraphrase the Las Vegas Tourism motto – What happens in Vegas, needs to stay in Vegas.
UPDATE: TechDirt has a post with much the same response I had to the Law.com article.