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Old 04-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Copyright Trolls on Trail for Blackmailing Porn Lovers

This story has it all! Blackmail, shell companies, money laundering, internet porn and copyright laws....

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The business model of Prenda Law Inc. seemed to put the capital "T" in "Troll." The copyrights Prenda claimed to be defending covered pornographic movies, and that added a whole new layer of coercion to the process. Until U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II in Los Angeles sank his teeth into the matter, that is.

The Prenda saga already had everything a red-blooded legal observer might treasure: Pornography. Intimations of offshore money laundering. Alleged forgery and identity theft.

Then it got even stranger.

At a hearing last week, Wright asked several Prenda lawyers to explain their legal strategy in filing lawsuits accusing hundreds of Internet users of infringing porn movie copyrights by downloading the films from the Web.

Instead of answering, the lawyers pleaded the 5th Amendment.

"I've seen defendants invoke their right against self-incrimination," says Morgan Pietz, a Manhattan Beach attorney who represents several defendants in the Prenda lawsuits. "In my experience, it's unprecedented for a plaintiff's lawyer to invoke the 5th when asked to explain the conduct of his litigation."
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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blaming the Internetz over some1 watching a film?

Maybe they should stop charging for pain killers?
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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This is disgusting, but it's also hilarious. You're right; you can't make this shit up.

When Gibbs' own lawyer, Andrew Waxler, tried to claim that Ingenuity and AF were distinct from Prenda, Wright shot him down.

"Seriously?" he snapped. "You can hardly keep a straight face, can you?"

"No, your honor," Waxler replied.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #4
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"If you say answering these kinds of questions would incriminate him, I'm inclined to take you at your word."
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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I'd like to buy that judge a drink! B-)
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