Setup: Righthaven (*hawk*spit*) has been told it must pay nearly $120,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs in a suit it lost to “former federal prosecutor Thomas DiBase,” who happens to run a website dedicated to “no-body murder cases, or cases where a murder is suspected but the victim’s remains have not been located.” Righthaven pursued a copyright suit without actually having standing to sue, and lost.
That’s good news, yes, but that’s not the part I’m really happy about. This is, and it’s one of those mixed-blessings:
This was by far the largest fee award against Righthaven, but likely will be dwarfed by an upcoming award in Righthaven’s failed suit against the Democratic Underground.
On the one hand, I think this spells the death-knell for Righthaven’s lawsuit-farming. On the other, Democratic Underground will probably win a major amount of cash.
Oh well, one can hope that Righthaven will vanish in a puff of smoke, and DU won’t ever see a penny!