Today RipoffReport operator Xcentric Ventures LLC won another chapter in Massachusetts attorney Richard A. Goren’s lawsuit. In 2013 Goren sued Xcentric for copyright infringement, claiming that a state court had assigned him the copyrights in two Reports about Goren that a third-party posted on Xcentric’s consumers’ rights website RipoffReport (ripoffreport.com). Under Section 201 of the Copyright Act, any rights to copyright ownership that Goren claimed were improperly acquired in state court. Xcentric is immune from liability for any third-party Reports on its site because of Communications Decency Act Section 230, and when third parties post to RipoffReport, they give Xcentric an irrevocable right to post the Reports. Xcentric won summary judgment against Goren in March 2015 upholding its rights and immunities.
Nevertheless, Goren tried to resuscitate his lawsuit, filing procedural post-judgment motions seeking to broaden his April notice of appeal, to vacate the judgment, and to amend his dismissed complaint. Goren used those motions to justify several postponements for his First Circuit appeal. Today the federal district court in Massachusetts denied all three of those motions.
Xcentric Ventures LLC won the lawsuit against Massachusetts attorney Richard Goren back in March, when the Honorable Denise Casper of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts granted summary judgment in favor of Xcentric Ventures. Goren’s lawsuit attempted to force Xcentric to remove reports from the RipoffReport, using unfounded legal theories regarding copyright and state unfair competition laws, which had no merit against established copyright law and the federal Communications Decency Act. Goren has filed a notice of appeal to the first circuit, and several post-judgment motions that stalled progress of the appeal. The court’s decision against Goren’s post judgment motions clears the path for Xcentric to renew its motion against Goren for attorney’s fees under the Copyright Act and sets the stage for the appeal based on the record as it stands, not the record Goren wished that he had established.
Name: Adam Kunz, In-house Counsel
Company: Xcentric Ventures LLC, operator of RipoffReport.com
Phone: (480) 340=6487
SOURCE: Xcentric Ventures LLC, operator of RipoffReport.com
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