TechDirt reports on the dismissal of Rakofsky v. Washington Post, dubbed online as Rakofsky v. The Internet by legal bloggers. Randazza Legal Group represented more than thirty of the defendants in the case.
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Legal blog ContiFazz analyzes the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Righthaven v. Hoehn upholding the lower court’s determination that Righthaven did not have standing to bring suit. Randazza Legal Group represented Hoehn in the district and Ninth Circuit courts.
The Volokh Conspiracy reports on the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on Righthaven v. Hoehn, resulting in a victory for Hoehn, represented by Randazza Legal Group.
ArsTechnica reports on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision on Righthaven v. Hoehn, affirming the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada’s decision that Righthaven had no standing to bring suit. Randazza, who argued the case on appeal on behalf of Hoehn, said:
However, given Righthaven’s unwillingness to make rational choices, I expect a petition for the United States Supreme Court to hear the case. Stay tuned.
Naples News reports on the latest defamation case filed against a blogger by Fiddler’s Creek Foundation. Attorney Marc Randazza represents the blogger defendant in the case. Randazza said of his client:
He has a right to speak out about matters of public concern.
XBiz Newswire reports on Phoenix Forum 2013, a yearly forum for the adult entertainment industry. Attorney Marc Randazza spoke on a panel about adult industry ethics.
In its Quote of the Day feature, legal blog AbovetheLaw.com quotes attorney Marc Randazza in his recent success in arguing for cameras in the courtroom against opposing counsel, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. Randazza said:
Without access to information, there is no free press. While it was a privilege to argue against Mr. Dershowitz, it was more of an honor to secure a First Amendment win for the press and public.
Venture Beat discusses the latest threatened lawsuit filings against revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown.com. As reported in the article, attorney Marc Randazza has been building a case against the website. Randazza says he’s not a savior, but:
I’m just a lawyer doing my job.
XBiz Newswire reports on attorney Marc Randazza’s recent victory arguing that cameras should be allowed in a courtroom in Las Vegas. Of the victory, which pitted him against opposing counsel Alan Dershowitz, Randazza said:
Without access to information, there is no free press.
XBiz Newswire reports that revenge porn site operator was hit with a $250,000 judgment related to comments he made about Bullyville.com founder James McGibney. Randazza Legal Group represented McGibney in the defamation lawsuit. Of this case, which was the first plaintiff’s side defamation case filed by Randazza Legal Group, Marc Randazza said:
While Randazza Legal Group is more well known for defending defamation cases, we take plaintiff’s side defamation cases when we think the cause is just. This was one such case.
ArsTechnica published an article about a Clark County Court judgment against IsAnyoneUp site founder Hunter Moore for comments he made about Bullyville.com founder James McGibney. Randazza Legal Group represented McGibney in the lawsuit, which resulted in a $250,000 judgment against Moore.
Of the judgment, attorney Marc Randazza said,
As you can see in the judgment, this was not just a situation where the plaintiff was merely upset by the defendant’s words. We were required to put on evidence of damages, which we did.
Daily Mail reports on Randazza Legal Group’s efforts to combat revenge porn websites. IsAnybodyDown.com operator Craig Brittain was accused by two women of impersonating an online identity in order to get nude photos from them and post them on the website. Attorney Marc Randazza has been suing the operators of the websites for copyright infringement on behalf of the victims. Th article says:
Randazza has been in touch with several women whose photos were posted on the website.
Attorney Marc Randazza recently appeared on Reason.tv to discuss the Steubenville rape case, in which Randazza acted as consulting attorney. Randazza says:
The law needs to look at journalism as a thing you do, not journalists as a thing you are.
Ars Technica writes about a CBS interview with the proprietor of revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown and the attorney representing some of the victims of the site, Marc Randazza. Randazza says:
I can tell you, there are a number of people ready to file suit as soon as their copyright registration comes in the mail [...] I told this guy I was coming for him, and I don’t break my word.
CNBC recently named attorney Marc J. Randazza one of Porn’s Most Powerful Player for 2013. The post states:
Randazza is a first amendment attorney who has frequently defended the adult entertainment industry – especially in copyright infringement cases.
The Colorado Springs Independent reports on revenge porn site Is Anybody Down. Attorney Marc Randazza has offered to help victims of the site pro bono. The article says of Randazza:
As Randazza wrote on his blog, the issue here is consent. What Is Anybody Down? and sites like it profit from, he argues, is the exploitation of a person who has taken a photo of themselves in a sexual manner, to be shared with the person or persons of their choice. They didn’t take that picture for the entire world to see.
CNN spoke to blogger Alexandria Goddard and her attorney, Marc Randazza, about the Steubenville rape controversy.
TechDirt reports that Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi sued U.S.-based Chinese dissident newspaper, Boxun, accusing them of defamation. Attorney Marc Randazza represents defendant Watson Meng, and recently filed a bond motion, discussed in the post:
Mr. Meng was deposed three times. Mr. Meng produced reams of documents. The Plaintiff conducted three expert depositions. Throughout all of this, the Plaintiff has not produced one shred of evidence that Meng’s statements were false.
Attorneys Marc J. Randazza and Ronald D. Green of the Randazza Legal Group explain why adult entertainment companies should consider moving to Nevada. They explain in the article:
When considering its proximity to California and its traditionally friendly relationship with all aspects of the sex industry, incorporation in the State of Nevada holds an unparalleled allure for adult entertainment providers.
Ars Technica writes about the “involuntary porn” website IsAnybodyDown.com. In the article, Marc J. Randazza speaks to some of the legal issues that can arise from the site.
But it’s not clear whether the content on IsAnybodyDown qualifies as user-submitted under either safe harbor. “This doesn’t go up in an automated fashion,” Randazza told us. “They have a direct influence over the content.”
Marc J. Randazza explains in an XBiz article why websites should consider reviewing their terms of service. He explains in the article:
Based on the Zappos decision and the nationwide applicability of its core holdings, any online business should review their terms and conditions. In particular, relying on a mere “browsewrap” agreement – rather than a clickwrap one – is begging for a court to invalidate those terms.
XBiz reports that attorney Beth Hutchens, who serves as of-counsel to the Randazza Legal Group, recently received an award for her work with the LGBT community from the Phoenix-based group One Community. Hutchens said of the award:
To be recognized for my work in fighting to get that to happen, I’m flattered, I’m humbled, and I’m honored.
Vegas Eater reports on Al Mancini’s right of publicity dispute with Krave nightclub in Las Vegas. The nightclub is using Mancini’s likeness in promotional materials for the new nightclub it plans to open in downtown Las Vegas. Attorney Marc J. Randazza, who represents Mancini, said in the article:
“The owners of Krave Massive never sought permission to use Mr. Mancini’s image. They violated Mr. Mancini’s right of publicity in his image and his copyright in the photo.”
The Arizona Republic reports that Phoenix attorney Beth Hutchens, who is of-counsel to Randazza Legal Group and managing attorney of Hutchens Law Offices, will be honored by ONE Community, a group that promotes partnerships between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and businesses. Angela Hughey, president and founder of ONE Community, said of the honorees:
“They are amazing individuals that are doing great things for the businesses and the organizations they represent, and… the larger community as well.”
Robin Leach reports in the Las Vegas Sun about Las Vegas food critic Al Mancini’s right of publicity dispute with nightclub Krave. Attorney Marc Randazza, who represents Mancini in the dispute, said,
The owners of Krave Massive never sought permission to use Mr. Mancini’s image; they violated Mr. Mancini’s right of publicity in his image and his copyright in the photo.
VegasInc recently interviewed attorney Marc Randazza about his work on the Righthaven cases, as well as intellectual property law issues throughout the legal field. Randazza said in the interview:
The real soul of our law firm is protection of free expression.
VegasInc reports on attorney Marc Randazza’s recent work on copyright and defamation cases. Randazza said:
We don’t want courts making value judgments about intellectual property. It could be rap music next or some new medium of expression we can’t even envision.
AVN writes that adult industry attorney Marc Randazza has been named a VegasInc Top Lawyer for 2012.
XBiz Newswire reports that attorney Marc Randazza recently was named a Vegas Inc. Top Lawyer for 2012. Randazza said:
While being recognized as a top lawyer in Las Vegas is a great honor, it is even more so when I look at the other great lawyers who were also named to the list.
BuzzFeed reports on the attorneys who have been pursuing people who have pirated adult movies. Attorney Marc Randazza commented in the article:
I think it’s important for companies to bring these cases. Otherwise, there’s no disincentive to stealing.