Yesterday we covered Judge Wright's order against Team Prenda, noting the key points and the healthy serving of Star Trek references. However, in that post we left out one beautifully comedic bit of just desserts that Wright placed in the ruling, which H. Poteat was kind enough to point out. In the introduction, Judge Wright clearly lays out the basics of copyright trolling and why it's so nasty. In particular, he calls out the nefarious nature of the "settlement" offers:
Then they offer to settle—for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense
Okay. Remember that line. Because then, at the end of his order, where he awards the attorney's fees of $40,659.86 and then doubles them "as a punitive measure" to $81,319.72, Judge Wright adds a little footnote after that amount, which reads:
This punitive portion is calculated to be just below the cost of an effective appeal.