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July 17, 2019

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British newspaper company among latest hit with copyright lawsuits

Three more website operators were hit with copyright infringement lawsuits Tuesday by Righthaven LLC, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s copyright enforcement partner.

Tuesday’s lawsuits in U.S. District Court for Nevada bring to at least 179 the number of suits filed since March by Righthaven.

The latest defendants include Associated Newspapers Ltd. in London, owner of the website dailymail.co.uk, where a Sept. 25 Review-Journal illustration of the Vdara hotel “death ray” on the Las Vegas Strip allegedly was posted.

Associated Newspapers includes the 2.1 million-circulation Daily Mail newspaper and the 1.9 million-circulation The Mail on Sunday.

In a headline that may have overstated the situation, the company’s dailymail.co.uk “MailOnline” website said: “Las Vegas hotel guests left with severe burns from ‘death ray’ caused by building’s design.”

The MailOnline story package included the Review-Journal illustration showing how the sun’s rays are focused by the building on the swimming pool area, crediting the Review-Journal for the graphic, a court exhibit shows.

Also sued by Righthaven on Tuesday were:

• Threeall Inc., Yen Lee and P. Ling; allegedly associated with the website simplegreenchoices.com, where the Vdara death ray illustration allegedly was posted without authorization Oct. 4. The simplegreenchoices website says it offers green travel ideas for environmentally conscious travelers.

• The Tatoo Guide and Howard Larrabee, allegedly the owner of the website tattooswithmeaning.com, where Righthaven says a Review-Journal story was posted on Oct. 29 without authorization.

As usual, Righthaven in each of the lawsuits demanded $150,000 in damages and forfeiture to Righthaven of all three defendants' website domain names.

Messages for comment were left with the MailOnline site and the ThreeAll site. Larrabee couldn’t be located for comment.

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