Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

David A. Lowe
…a bittorent copyright troll David A. Lowe (Guardaley) became a laughing stock over the last couple of months by predictably dismissing his victims – one after another – as soon as the next said victim retained attorney Christopher Lynch, and Mr. Lynch sent a demand letter threatening to expose the troll’s fraudulent conduct.When I reported this pattern for the first time, there were only four dismissed defendants. Today the count is eleven.

Source: Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak

A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these cases are not intended to provide a windfall to filmmakers.

Source: Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak

Federal Court Basically Says It’s Okay To Copyright Parts Of Our Laws | Techdirt

For many years, we’ve written about Carl Malamud and his non-profit organization Public.Resource.org, which goes to great lengths to make sure that the law and other government documents are widely available to the public. While he’s gotten lots of attention for battling states over their claims to hold a copyright in the law, perhaps his biggest fight has been over the question of whether or not private standards that are “incorporated by reference” into the law, are still covered by copyright. And, unfortunately, the federal district court in Washington DC has just ruled against him, and effectively said it’s okay to lock up some important elements of the law with copyright. This is bad news.

Source: Federal Court Basically Says It’s Okay To Copyright Parts Of Our Laws | Techdirt

London Has Fallen Copyright Trolls Test Norway After US Retreat – TorrentFreak

The copyright trolls behind the action movie London Has Fallen are testing out the Norwegian market after things got tricky in the US. In November, LHF Productions backed away from suing a US citizen after they were threatened with exposure, but now they’re demanding money in Europe.

Source: London Has Fallen Copyright Trolls Test Norway After US Retreat – TorrentFreak

Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested | Ars Technica

Lawyers who turned porn lawsuits into big business now face criminal charges.

Source: Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested | Ars Technica

86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game – TorrentFreak


Since it’s become mandatory for ISPs to forward piracy notifications in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have received letters over alleged copyright infringements. One of these accused pirates is an elderly woman, who’s threatened with $5,000 in potential damages for downloading a zombie game she’s never heard of.

Source: 86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game – TorrentFreak

Prenda lawyers’ careers are up in smoke, but sanctions keep coming | Ars Technica


In 2013, Prenda lashed out against blog commenters who called them “assclowns.”

Source: Prenda lawyers’ careers are up in smoke, but sanctions keep coming | Ars Technica

Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Loses His Law License; Won’t Be Filing Bogus ADA Lawsuits For Now | Techdirt

Prenda Law’s Paul Hansmeier, infamous for constantly scheming about ways to use the judicial process to shakedown people for money, and pompously overstating his own position (e.g., “welcome to the big leagues”) has now lost his license to practice law.

Source: Prenda’s Paul Hansmeier Loses His Law License; Won’t Be Filing Bogus ADA Lawsuits For Now | Techdirt

Paramount Wipes “Infringing” Ubuntu Torrent From Google – TorrentFreak


It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but targeting open source software is not something we see every day. Paramount Pictures recently sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular operating system Ubuntu. An honest mistake, perhaps, but a worrying one.

Source: Paramount Wipes “Infringing” Ubuntu Torrent From Google – TorrentFreak