Have the pernicious copyright-related practices of the Prenda law firm finally come to an end? Judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have bench-slapped the firm as sternly as can be, with a recent decision affirming U.S. District Judge Otis Wright’s sanctions against the Prenda lawyers.
This tawdry tale includes some strange twists: Wright, a Southwestern Law alum and Star Trek fan, wrote a scathing decision that was one of several decisions from judges nationwide, calling out the Prenda lawyers for their copyright trolling. Judges have termed firm actions to be “legal shakedowns,” and abusive of the judicial system.
Just to remind: The now infamous Prenda lawyers created a commercial business targeting those who liked to download adult videos. The lawyers had, TechDirt says, “sketchy copyright trolling practices that appeared to include Team Prenda uploading their own content to torrent sites, [and] tracking who downloaded them.” Then the firm, on behalf of its dummy corporation that “owned” copyrights on the blue videos, would sue rafts of down-loaders claiming infringement; rather than risk the embarrassment of public exposure of their naughty hobby, defendants agreed to relatively small settlements that soon added up to significant sums. (more…)