Court threatens sanctions against sleazy copyright troll lawyer


8 Responses to “Court threatens sanctions against sleazy copyright troll lawyer”

  1. nosehat says:

    Yay! This is a step in the right direction.

    But I’d love to see criminal charges in cases like this.  If he had no interest in going to trial, how is this not using the courts to facilitate blackmail?

  2. unit_1421 says:

    This REALLY hurts a lot of the people I work with in the fetish scene who have their pics and videos stolen and put on torrent sites. The three plaintiffs shown on the EFF site are all big commercial porn houses.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      Would the people you work with be happy to be getting money from a 70 yr old who never torrented anything, but was scared into settling because the lawyer threatened to tell the world they were porn thieves?
      Would they be happy to know that a blind man was threatened with one of these lawsuits for having allegedly torrenting a movie?  That the fact he was blind did not matter to the lawyer.  That he settled to avoid having his reputation destroyed by an allegation based merely on an IP Address and no other evidence.

      Do they understand that these lawsuits target thousands of IP addresses, and despite the claims they are all guilty there is no consideration that there might be people using others hacked wifi to commit the offense.  That the unmasked Does are just the people who have their name on a internet bill.  They get a letter demanding thousands of dollars, telling them even if your not the one who did it, your responsible because your name is on the bill.  Some of them threaten to question the neighbors about the porn title, and drag everyone they remotely know into court to embarrass them further and make them feel settling is the only answer even if they are not a copyright infringer.

      While they might think people filesharing are scum of the earth, maybe they should look at the lawyers representing their interests.  My current favorite was the small porn production house who was told by the lawyer he was only asking for $50 in the shakedown letters…. the lawyer was asking for and getting thousands and paying the studio $50 for each person who settled.

      There are several firms out there doing this right now, the funny thing is its rare for them to ever name anyone in an actual lawsuit.  There have been a couple named people but those are often people who were tricked into making an admission of guilt, not any real evidence or casework.

      Think about how a lawfirm of 1 guy would possibly be able to take several thousand people to court and manage the cases.  They have no intention of going to court, just grabbing the cash they can get and then getting another movie to sue over.

  3. jacklaughing says:

    So the best defense is just to trick them into dropping you from the case and not cave in to the payment? Interesting.

  4. HikingStick says:

    If he’s dropping the cases before they get to court, he’s not merely a copyright troll–he’s an extortionist. [This post expresses my personal opinion.]

  5. Charles says:

    Wow, what a remarkable piece of s@#t.

  6. awjt says:

    I don’t know the law thing.  But I do know that if you’re surrounded by sharks, you’ll live longer if you keep jabbing at them and fighting back.  Don’t ever let them get the upper hand.

    A little lesson for life:  who has the most fight in ‘em?

  7. Mister44 says:

    Come on – throw the guy a bone. Let him win one case. I mean look at those glasses – they have to be 30 years old!  Maybe he’s secretly a hipster.

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