The Prenda Law offensive against random porn downloaders has been blown apart by a US judge, who accused the claimants of lying, hitting those charged with unavoidable legal fees and generally trying to profit from the US legal system by "seeking easy money" from those hit by spurious cases.
It's quite a sensational shaming for the Prenda legal team, who, as well as being accused of lying to line their pockets by demanding money from porn pirates in order to avoid being named in a public shaming as a porn user, found the judge quoting Star Trek in his dismissive ruling [PDF].
Here's how the piracy trolls operated, according to the judge:
"Their litigation strategy consisted of monitoring BitTorrent download activity of their copyrighted pornographic movies, recording IP addresses of the computers downloading the movies, filing suit in federal court to subpoena Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) for the identity of the subscribers to these IP addresses, and sending cease-and-desist letters to the subscribers, offering to settle each copyright infringement claim for about $4,000."
He claimed the case and methodology of the Prenda team "relies on deception" and fined them $80,000, to be paid to the defendants, for wasting everyone's time and money. [The Register]
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