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Prenda Law, also known as Steele | Hansmeier PLLP and ...

wikipedia - 15 Sep 2016
Prenda Law, also known as Steele | Hansmeier PLLP and Anti-Piracy Law Group, was a Chicago-based law firm that ostensibly operated by undertaking litigation against copyright infringement, but was later characterized by the United States District Court for Central California in a May 2013 ruling as a "porno-trolling collective":2 whose business model "relies on deception",:8 and which resembled most closely a conspiracy:FOF.1 p.3 and racketeering enterprise,:p.10 referring in the judgme
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Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow

Fast Company - 21 Feb 2018
Lawyers associated with Prenda Law, a now-defunct Chicago firm that's become infamous in legal circles, allegedly even set up shell companies to create their own pornographic movies and upload them to BitTorrent, in order to demand settlements from ...
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When #Altlaw Is Bad, It Is Truly Horrid

Above the Law - 22 Feb 2018
The legal media is flush with stories of how new technology tools, or techno-powered legal practices are expanding affordable access to law. As these optimistic stories bear out, when innovation works well, it's a magical triumph. But when innovation ...
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Lawyer who founded Prenda Law is disbarred

Ars Technica - 22 May 2017
Lawyer who founded Prenda Law is disbarred. Twenty-one months later, an ethics complaint ends in disbarment. Joe Mullin - 5/22/2017, 7:21 AM. Enlarge / John L. Steele, photographed in Chicago in 2010. Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images ...
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Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested

Ars Technica - 16 Dec 2016
The indictment explains how the defendants "used sham entities to obtain copyrights to pornographic movies—some of which they filmed themselves—and then uploaded those movies to file-sharing websites in order to lure people to download the movies ...
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Judge Issues Devastating Order Against BitTorrent Copyright Troll

TorrentFreak - 10 Jan 2018
Many districts have turned into no-go zones for copyright trolls and the people behind Prenda law were arrested and are being prosecuted in a criminal case. In the Western District of Washington, the tide also appears to have turned. After Venice PI, a ...
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Feds Say Prenda Atty Can't Dodge Fraud Charges

Law360 - 05 Jun 2017
Law360, New York (June 5, 2017, 6:20 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors pushed back Friday on efforts by one of the ringleaders of Prenda Law to escape criminal charges over their so-called porn trolling scheme, saying the indicted attorney does not have a ...
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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

The Register - 16 Jun 2016
A Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals judge has tossed an appeal by the masterminds behind the notorious Prenda Law copyright trolling activity. The appeals court agrees with other courts that Prenda operated a “national trolling scheme” that engaged in ...
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Prenda lawyer Paul Hansmeier has his law license suspended

Ars Technica - 15 Sep 2016
Paul Hansmeier, one of the masterminds behind the "porn trolling" scheme known as Prenda Law, has had his license to practice law suspended indefinitely. He can't ask for his license to be reinstated for at least four years. Hansmeier and his colleague ...
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Prenda lawyers lose key appeal, will pay $230k sanction

Ars Technica - 10 Jun 2016
The lawyers behind the Prenda Law "copyright trolling" enterprise have lost their key appeal and will have to pay more than $230,000 in sanctions. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a 12-page ruling [PDF] upholding the sanction order ...
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FBI is investigating copyright trolls Prenda Law for fraud

Boing Boing - 26 May 2016
Though the letter does not name individual targets, the context makes clear that the FBI is investigating the principals of Prenda Law (with the exception of Paul Duffy, I suppose). * The FBI has devoted substantial resources to soliciting victim ...

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