FALL OFA PORN COPYRIGHT TROLL WITH POPEHAT”S KENNETH WHITE
After regaling us last summer over the Funny Junk-Oatmeal squabble , Popehat’s Ken White returns to CLBR to discuss the equally bizarre case of porn copyright trolls Prenda Law, also known as Steele | Hansmeier PLLP and Anti-Piracy Law Group. A Los Angeles federal judge recently summarized their business model as follows:
Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system. They’ve discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle — for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense…. So, now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry.
On May 6, 2013, Judge Wright sanctioned Prenda Law and its “principals” $81,319.72 for “vexatious litigation,” and also referred the attorneys to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division for possible criminal prosecution; and to various federal and state bars for “moral turpitude unbecoming of [officers] of the court.”
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The irreverent yet poignant Popehat blogger Ken has, as Criminal Lawyer blogger Nathaniel Burney writes, “a distinct voice that stands out from the crowd in the blawgosphere.” Burney also notes that Ken’s posts are “structured well, with an eye for flow and tone that many would do well to emulate.” (Blawg 100 Description)