Judge Rules Against Copyright Lawsuits

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge has ruled against a company fighting copyright violations saying the company didn’t own the rights to the printed materials.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Kane against Righthaven is expected to have a domino effect on the firm’s other Colorado cases.

According to the Denver Post, the Las Vegas-based company has filed 57 cases in federal court in Colorado alleging copyright infringement.

Those cases are part of a national campaign by Righthaven involving about 200 lawsuits alleging copyright theft of newspaper content by websites and blogs.

Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano says the company will challenge the ruling.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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