TorrentFreak Pulls The Switcheroo On Copyright Troll That Cited Them In Threat Letters
from the trolling-the-trolls dept
Torrentfreak notes that Prenda Law, one of the more well known copyright trolls out there these days, which has run into a series of skeptical judges lately, has been using a Torrentfreak article in its recent threat letters. The article in question is one we wrote about as well, concerning a default judgment against someone who didn’t just share some random works, but had a specific watermark on the files that corresponded to his account. Of course, in the threat letter, all of the additional context about much greater evidence and a variety of other factors that made this case unique aren’t mentioned at all.
Feeling that was unfair, Torrentfreak changed that page to something that Prenda might not appreciate:
We redirected the URL referenced by Prenda to a page with information about these mass-BitTorrent lawsuits.
So, instead of being scared by an article about a $1.5 million judgment, Internet bill payers can inform themselves about the steps they can take to respond to the settlement letter.
The page in question explains that increasingly judges are condemning the practices of copyright trolls, and that many mass lawsuits have been thrown out. Just recently a judge designated Prenda’s ways as a “bad faith effort,” and dismissed one of their mass-BitTorrent lawsuits.
In addition to some much-needed balance we also included links to attorneys who are familiar with these lawsuits, plus links to other useful resources.
Trolling the trolls. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to have too much of an impact. It’s doubtful that Prenda expects too many people to actually go read the article. They just want the basic “be afraid, settle now!” message to get through.