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Suits accuse groups of posting copyrighted R-J stories

Updated Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 10:56 a.m.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and two other organizations were sued Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas over allegations they posted unauthorized copies of Las Vegas Review-Journal stories on their websites.

Tuesday's lawsuits bring to 11 the number of copyright infringement lawsuits filed this spring against website operators by Righthaven LLC, a Las Vegas company that has been obtaining copyrights to R-J stories and suing website operators that allegedly infringe on those copyrights.

Also sued Tuesday were Inc., a Texas corporation whose website focuses on Texas Christian University and Mountain West Conference sports; and Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm P.C., a Texas law firm that Righthaven says runs the website

A request for comment on the allegations was placed with the Texas law firm. Officials at couldn't be reached for comment.

Bob Fulkerson, director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said officials at the Review-Journal are being hypocritical by regularly complaining in editorials about unnecessary litigation in society -- and then suing PLAN without first trying to resolve the problem out of court.

"If they would have picked up the phone and said, `we have a problem with you posting these stories,' we would have obliged them," Fulkerson said.

Fulkerson said it's doubtful mining industry Web sites would be sued since PLAN believes the R-J is cozy with the mining industry.

"It appears they're suing groups that don't agree with their political agenda," Fulkerson said.

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