WEHCO Media Looks to Righthaven for Content Protection

By: E&P Staff

Wired.com reports that Arkansas-based WEHCO Media has become the second client of Righthaven LLC, a company created to pursue Websites that use content created by newspapers.

Until now, Stephens Media has been Righthaven’s only client and Stephens’ flagship Las Vegas Review-Journal possibly its only newspaper.

Righthaven searches for newspaper-copyrighted material it believes to have been misappropriated by Websites, buys the rights to that content, and sues for infringement.

Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson told wired.com that his company is “near finalization for contracts with a substantial number of other publishers.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation referral coordinator Eva Galperin said the EFF has had dozens of inquiries from Righthaven defendants but has taken no cases, so far only assisting defendants in finding representation elsewhere (E&P Online, Aug. 26).

Through its predecessor company Donrey Media, Stephens Media has roots in Arkansas, where WEHCO’s flagship is Little Rock’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Among WEHCO’s other properties is the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press.

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