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It’s Official: Prenda Copyright Trolls Made Their Own Porn, Seeded On Pirate Bay

Postby sunnyd » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:05 am

Story : https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/its-official-prenda-copyright-trolls





One of the more incredible allegations about Prenda Law - the porn copyright-trolling operation that sued people for downloading movies online - was that the lawyers behind it might have created and uploaded some of the porn in question simply as a way to catch more offenders.

As a financial strategy, this made a certain amount of sense. After all, when suing on behalf of a client, you pass most of the settlement money on to them; sue on your own and you can keep it all.

But it's not a great look in a court of law, especially when you go out of your way to purposely conceal the arrangement through a complex maze of shell companies and offshore entities. This is the sort of behavior that might lead to disbarment or even a prison cell. Not even obvious boundary pushers like Prenda's John Steele and Paul Hansmeier would run this kind of a crazy risk... would they?

Rumors about Prenda's possible shift from "legitimate if aggressive copyright law firm" to "porn producers" began to circulate in June 2013, fueled by Florida lawyer Graham Syfert. Syfert was defending a man in a Prenda lawsuit, and he hired a grad student from Oregon State to investigate Prenda's BitTorrent practices. The grad student, Delvan Neville, raised questions about whether the "sharkmp4" account used to upload one of the films to the Pirate Bay might in fact belong to John Steele.







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Re: It’s Official: Prenda Copyright Trolls Made Their Own Po

Postby Sawadashi » Tue May 02, 2017 4:17 am

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