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‘The Righthaven Effect’

A reader shared this note with me this evening. It perfectly illustrates the need and effectiveness of aggressive copyright enforcement.

It also raises more than a few questions about the close relationship between the Sun newsroom and the Reid campaign, but what’s new?

Anyway, here’s the note making the salient points for newspapers to grow a backbone and begin protecting their unique copyrighted material …

"Here is something that I posted on the Sun site today.

"I call it the Righthaven effect.

"Go to http://www.harryreid.com/index.php/blog/

"Click on ’41 to Angle’ LVRJ item. Please note that it does not copy and paste the story but does the credit, one to two sentences and a link to LVRJ which is not copyright infringement.

"Then click on the ‘A Tea Party takeover?’ Las Vegas Sun article. It is either a full copy or a 50% copy of the Sun article which is copyright infringement.

"There is no need for the person to click to the Sun site because they can just read the story on the Reid’s website.

"They have to click to the LVRJ site to read its story.

"Reid’s site is stealing traffic that should have gone to the Sun.

"Reid’s site is feeding traffic to the LVRJ site.

"Why? Because they don’t want to be sued by the Righthaven.

"They do not fear the Sun. They know they will not get sued. They don’t care if they steal from them.

"No wonder the Sun had to layoff so many people. They don’t care about people stealing from them."

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