Given the confusion regarding Cooper, and the fact that she originally thought he was involved in the entire mess rather than a victim of it, I almost have to wonder if she was reading Wright's filling fully for the first time while in the court room, and had just skimmed it beforehand.
Disappointing that she didn't award any fees to Cooper/Godfread, but I have to imagine that the fact that she plans to pass the case file to what I assume is the agency in charge of the lawyers of the state has got to have the Prenda gang quite worried, as a more thorough investigation into their actions is the last thing they want.
Yeah, having something hovering in the yard, looking through a window of a house via camera... he calls it 'research', I'd call it voyeurism, no different than if he'd sneaked up and peeked through the windows directly.
The 'spray it with water' idea isn't so much frying the circuits, as it is 'knocking it out of the air with the water pressure by throwing it off balance'.
Punishment for wrongdoing in one case does not keep someone from being punished for other wrongdoing in other cases, so I fail to see how any judgements handed out by other judges would impact Wright's ruling/actions in the slightest.
'Substantially complied'? All they did was point at each other and said 'he did it!' while looking confused that they could possibly know anything, and the judge considers that complying with an order to show the original signature in a potential fraud case? Talk about non-existent standards.
Criminals must love this guy...
Judge: 'For your actions I sentence you to 30 hours of community service.'
Defendant: 'I helped someone mow their lawn yesterday.'
Judge: 'Eh, close enough, you're free to go.'
Well, yes and no. Yes this time Prenda got off with basically a slap on the wrist, but given how angry the judge seems to be with what they were doing, I imagine if any of them ever show up in her courtroom in the future, they'll be lucky to get away with skin intact.
That said I do agree with you, they were insanely lucky this time around, and they really should have been hit much harder than this for what they were being accused of doing.
Awesome, now even colleges are being forced to implement 'zero tolerance/thinking' policies, few years of this new regime and those graduating will be as brain-dead and terrified of reality as the people who suggested it.
Nah, I'd go with something that would really get their attention: revocation of copyright.
Since they seem to love the idea of 6-strikes for piracy, just turn it around on them, with 5 bogus takedowns allowed in a year, and at the 6th their copyright over whatever it is they are issuing the DMCA claim for is revoked instantly, and it goes into the public domain.
What would be shocking(though pleasantly so), would be if the legal system actually got it right this time and did something soon about the Prenda gang, so they are no longer able to keep sending out shakedown letters to people to keep funding this fraud on the courts.
When dealing with people who have shown that they have no problem whatsoever harassing, threatening to sue, and/or suing, doing everything they can to drive up the legal fees, and then dropping the case before it gets decided, anyone who stands up to them and/or those that drag their actions into the light of public scrutiny, anonymity isn't a mark of low credibility or an indication of nefarious intent, it's common sense.
Seriously, you're attacking people who help others defend against extortionists, stop and think about that for a moment, and ask yourself if you're really on the right side of this argument.