Mind-croggling deposition of a Prenda Law copyright troll

I've covered Prenda Law off and on here for quite some time; they're the sleazy "law firm"/copyright trolls who use the courts to get the names and addresses of people whom they allege have downloaded pornographic videos with embarrassing names, and whom they then threaten with public humiliation and a lawsuit unless the victims pay a quick cash settlement. One of the great mysteries about Prenda is who the firm actually is -- which individuals are behind it? In past, Prenda's representatives have claimed to be working for "Alan Cooper" -- a former caretaker for one of the Prenda reps who claims they have stolen his identity.

A recent deposition in the Northern District of California of Morgan Prietz Paul Hansmeier -- another Prenda rep, apparently -- sheds no light on the mystery. Indeed, Hansmeier's deposition is a wonder of obfuscation, coyness, and mind-boggling protestations of ignorance that will baffle and delight you. Ken from Popehat has teased out the juciest bits:

In reviewing this deposition, bear Pietz' theories in mind. he alleges that (1) Prenda Law is secretly both lawyer and client — that its principals are behind the entities purportedly owning the copyrights it is suing upon, and that Prenda Law is concealing its lawyers' interest; (2) that Prenda Law has concealed who is actually running and directing its cases; (3) that Prenda Law is not actually vindicating copyrights of valuable properties, but is using copyright to extort defendants, and (4) that Prenda Law has defrauded courts with fabricated executives by, for instance, stealing the identity of "Alan Cooper" and using the identity as a fictitious client representative.

Consider those theories as you review the deposition. I could re-read it a dozen times and still discover more things about it. I will confine myself to some high points.

Deposition Reveals Prenda Law Business Model: Monetizing Squalid Douchebaggery


  1. Morgan Pietz is actually representing the John Does, not Prenda. He asked for the deposition to prove his points about Prenda being shady and extortionate. The ignoramus making the statements in the deposition is Paul Hansmeier, one of the Prenda douchebags. 

  2. Oh Hey Cory…  Check DTD for more fun news…
    Duffy sending a subpoena to WordPress to get every IP address that accessed DieTrollDie and FightCopyrightTrolls since 2011.
    Not specific dates and times and certain comments… just EVERYTHING.

  3. Here’s hoping a judge looks at this and gives the appropriate courtroom equivalent of “what the fuck is this shit?” and starts throwing the book at these assnozzles.

  4. Fascinating.  

    I don’t know what else to say, I’m somewhat mesmerized by the balloneyshit.

  5. Surely the lack of obedience to a court order places those who didn’t show up in contempt of the court?

    What is extremely concerning is that Verizon has delivered information to Prenda that can continue to be used to coerce individuals into paying money. That a telecommunications company has trusted a bunch of assclowns with subscriber information is really worrying.

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