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Judge fines firm for improperly
enforcing porn copyrights

Los Angeles Times, by Stuart Pfeifer

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Posted By:kennedylaw, 5/7/2013 3:19:22 PM

A company that made millions of dollars by suing people for improperly viewing pornographic movies on the Internet repeatedly deceived courts while “seeking easy money” from people too embarrassed to defend themselves, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II found that Prenda Law Inc., its attorney, its owners -- who also are lawyers -- and affiliated companies made false statements in court in an online piracy case. He ordered the companies and the lawyers to pay $81,320 in fees and damages to the attorneys for one of the people they sued.

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Judge Wright´s written opinion in the case is a remarkable mix of Star Trek references and very strong denunciations of the lawyers involved. It can be downloaded here:

http://ia601508.us.archive.org/28/items/gov.uscourts.cacd.543744/gov.uscourts.cacd.543744.130.0.pdf

Alternatively, a very descriptive summary of the opinion along with the history of the litigation leading up to it can be found here:

http://www.popehat.com/2013/05/06/does-prenda-believe-in-no-win-scenarios-because-judge-wright-just-gave-them-one/

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 5/7/2013 3:29:37 PM     (No. 9315065)

A broader issue here (no pun intended). How does one know that any site, news, general interest etc. is showing material copyrighted by another party and you should pay that party some unknown sum for looking at it? Should not the copyright holder have an obligation to go after unauthorized servers before trying to make innocent viewers pay?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mushroom, 5/7/2013 4:41:22 PM     (No. 9315168)

All he really needed to close out the document was ´´Make it So.´´

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Reply 3 - Posted by: columba, 5/7/2013 6:30:47 PM     (No. 9315302)

Why is pornography legal?

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