The Best & Worst of 2011

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 12:00 am  

Righthaven become the demon of a cat blogger and other website owners who ended up being sued for what, in at least a few cases, appeared to be legal use of copyrighted material or simple ignorance of copyright law.

Federal judges in both Colorado and Las Vegas have ruled against Righthaven - giving Righthaven targets the possibility of recovering their legal fees or the amounts they paid to settle out of court. Assuming, of course, Righthaven has any money.

Worst Taste
The Arkansas Farm Bureau published a photo of an African-American inmate of the Arkansas Department of Correction standing in a cornfield, a hoe resting on his shoulder, on the cover of the July-August 2011 issue of the Farm Bureau publication Front Porch.

In the picture, a black prison guard on horseback watches inmate Deadrun Tolefree - looking together like an image out of Arkansas' unpretty pre-Civil War past. A cover blurb about "cool watermelon recipes" made it worse.



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