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SALON: Trekkie CA District Judge P0wnz Porn-CopyRight Trolls with Prime Directives! No Joke!

A Trekkie CA District Judge unleashes the Wrath of Khan!

Bad day to be a porn lawyer
An angry judge -- and huge "Star Trek" fan -- blasts the sleazy Prenda Law firm into oblivion

By Andrew Leonard
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:30 PM UTC

In his “Order Issuing Sanctions” on a half-dozen sleazy lawyers who specialized in pornography copyright litigation, California District Judge Otis D. Wright II writes like a man expecting the entire Internet to go gaga over his every word.

The opening two paragraphs deserve reprinting in full:

Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system. They’ve discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle — for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense. For these individuals, resistance is futile; most reluctantly pay rather than have their names associated with illegally downloading porn. So now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry.

Plaintiffs do have a right to assert their intellectual-property rights, so long as they do it right. But Plaintiffs filing of cases using the same boilerplate complaint against dozens of defendants raised the Courts alert. It was when the Court realized Plaintiffs engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud that the Court went to battlestations.

Astute geeks may recognize more than a slight taste of sci-fi nerdery in Wright’s opening salvo (resistance is futile, engaged their cloak, battlestations). There are, by my count, no less than seven references to “Star Trek” sprinkled through the Order, including a quote from “The Wrath of Khan” — “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” — to kick off the document.

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Nice

Vwry well written and full understanding of the situation.