John Steele Plans To Appeal Judge Wright's Order; Says Judge Is 'No Fan Of IP Law'
from the no,-he's-not-a-fan-of-abusing-IP-law dept
While Judge Otis Wright may have been careful to set the financial punishment for Prenda at just less than how much it will cost to appeal, it appears that will not stop John Steele from appealing. Apparently, Steele doesn’t seem to recognize that speaking to the press given his current situation may not be that wise, because he told porn news publication Xbiz the following about his reaction to the ruling:
Steele on Tuesday told XBIZ that he plans on appealing Wright’s order with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Obviously we don’t agree on the ruling,” Steele said. “Judge Wright based his order on an eight-minute hearing where there was no testimony, no evidence introduced. Clearly Judge Wright does not like this type of litigation and he’s no fan of intellectual property law.”
Actually, Judge Wright did not base his order on just that eight-minute hearing (I believe it was actually 12 minutes, but who’s counting?). He based it on all of the piles upon piles of evidence presented before that, combined with Steele and his partners’ decision to refuse to testify. For Steele to now complain that “there was no testimony, no evidence introduced” is pretty laughable, since the reason there was no such information brought forth at that particular hearing was mainly due to Steele and his partners’ own decision. However, there was plenty of testimony and evidence introduced previously, and Wright’s order was based on that. The whole point of that last hearing was to give Steele, Hansmeier and Duffy a chance to respond to and refute that evidence. They did not do so. To now complain about it is pretty funny.
Separately, the argument that Judge Wright “is no fan of intellectual property law” is equally silly. Wright seems pretty clearly to be annoyed, not at intellectual property law itself, but by the clear abuse of those laws.