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RIGHTHAVEN, LLC v FREE REPUBLIC, LLC - 1 - Complaint - Gov.uscourts.nvd.74859.1.0

RIGHTHAVEN, LLC v FREE REPUBLIC, LLC - 1 - Complaint - Gov.uscourts.nvd.74859.1.0

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Published by Jack Ryan
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
RIGHTHAVEN LLC, a Nevada limited-liability company,
Plaintiff,
v.
FREE REPUBLIC, LLC, a California limited liability company; JAMES C. ROBINSON, an individual; and JOHN ROBINSON, an individual,
Defendants.
Case No.: 2:10-cv-01194
COMPLAINT AND DEMAND
FOR JURY TRIAL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
RIGHTHAVEN LLC, a Nevada limited-liability company,
Plaintiff,
v.
FREE REPUBLIC, LLC, a California limited liability company; JAMES C. ROBINSON, an individual; and JOHN ROBINSON, an individual,
Defendants.
Case No.: 2:10-cv-01194
COMPLAINT AND DEMAND
FOR JURY TRIAL

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STEVEN A. GIBSON, ESQ.Nevada Bar No. 6656sgibson@righthaven.com J. CHARLES COONS, ESQ.Nevada Bar No. 10553ccoons@righthaven.com JOSEPH C. CHU, ESQ.Nevada Bar No. 11082 jchu@righthaven.com Righthaven LLC9960 West Cheyenne Avenue, Suite 210Las Vegas, Nevada 89129-7701(702) 527-5900Attorneys for Plaintiff 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF NEVADA
RIGHTHAVEN LLC, a Nevada limited-liability company,Plaintiff,v.FREE REPUBLIC, LLC, a California limitedliability company; JAMES C. ROBINSON, anindividual; and JOHN ROBINSON, anindividual,Defendants.Case No.: 2:10-cv-01194
COMPLAINT AND DEMANDFOR JURY TRIAL
Righthaven LLC (“Righthaven”) c
omplains as follows against Free Republic, LLC
(“
Free Republic
”), James C. Robinson (“James Robinson”),
and John Robinson (collectivelywith Free Republic and James Robinson
known herein as the “Defendants”)
, on information andbelief:
NATURE OF ACTION
1.
 
This is an action for copyright infringement pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 501.
Case 2:10-cv-01194-LDG-RJJ Document 1 Filed 07/19/10 Page 1 of 10
 
 
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PARTIES
2.
 
Righthaven is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, a Nevada limited-liability company with its principal place of business in Nevada.3.
 
Righthaven is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, in good standingwith the Nevada Secretary of State.4.
 
Free Republic is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, a Californialimited liability company.5.
 
Free Republic is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, identified by
the current registrar, GKG.NET, INC. (“GKG”), as a registrant, administrati
ve contact, technicalcontact, and billing contact
for the Internet domain found at <freerepublic.com> (the “Domain”).
 6.
 
James Robinson is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, identified byGKG as a registrant of the Domain.7.
 
John Robinson is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, identified byGKG as an administrative contact, technical contact, and billing contact for the Domain.8.
 
John Robinson is, and has been at all times relevant to this lawsuit, the self-proclaimed owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) posted as part of the content accessiblethrough the Domain (said content accessible through the Domain known herein as the
“Website”), as evidenced by a copyright notice displayed on the Website: “FreeRepublic.com is
powered by software copyright 2000-
2008 John Robinson.”
 
JURISDICTION
9.
 
This Court has original subject matter jurisdiction over this copyrightinfringement action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a).10.
 
Righthaven is the owner of the copyright in the literary work entitled:
Nevadahomeowners could get help from federal funding
(
the “Work”), attached hereto as Exhibit
1.11.
 
At all times relevant to this lawsuit, the Work has depicted and depicts theoriginal source publication as the Las Vegas
 Review-Journal
.
Case 2:10-cv-01194-LDG-RJJ Document 1 Filed 07/19/10 Page 2 of 10
 
 
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The Defendants willfully copied, on an unauthorized basis, the Work from asource emanating from Nevada.13.
 
On or about June 24, 2010, the Defendants displayed, and continue to display, anunauthorized reproduction of the Work 
(the “
Infringement
”), attached hereto as Exhibit
2, on theWebsite.14.
 
The subject matter, at least in part, of the Work and the Infringement, is thedispersal of federal funds to Nevada homeowners.15.
 
At all times relevant to this lawsuit, the Defendants knew that the Work wasoriginally published in the Las Vegas
 Review-Journal
.16.
 
The Defendants’ display of the Infringement was and is purposefully directed at
Nevada residents.17.
 
The Defendants willfully copied, on an unauthorized basis, a substantial andsignificant portion of 
the literary work entitled: “SENATE POLL: Lowden leads Republican pack” (the “Senate Poll Article”), attached hereto as Exhibit 3, from a source emanating from
Nevada.18.
 
On or about April 11, 2010, the Defendants displayed, and continue to display,the Senate Poll Article on the Website.19.
 
The Defendants’ display of the
Senate Poll Article was and is purposefullydirected at Nevada residents.20.
 
The Defendants willfully copied, on an unauthorized basis, a substantial and
significant portion of the literary work entitled: “Don’t upset the unions – 
 
or else” (the “UnionsArticle”), attached hereto as Exhibit 4, from a source emanating from Nevada.
 21.
 
On or about April 10, 2010, the Defendants displayed, and continue to display,the Unions Article on the Website.22.
 
The Defendants’ display of the Unions Article was and is purposefully directed at
Nevada residents.
Case 2:10-cv-01194-LDG-RJJ Document 1 Filed 07/19/10 Page 3 of 10

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