[Blogmeister’s Note: We haven’t heard much about porn copyright trolls in a couple of years, but a recent decision by a federal judge in California caught our eye. The judge slammed a troll operation, and he did it with flair – his opinion opens with a quote from a Star Trek movie (“The Wrath of Khan”) and proceeds to riff off the Star Trek theme throughout its 11 pages. Our colleague Tony Lee volunteered to report on the decision because – or so we thought – he had been involved with porn copyright trolls in the past (defending against them, he assures us). What he didn’t tell us is that he is a major league Star Trek fan. The result: the following homage to both Star Trek and the federal judge who mind-melded with the Trekker universe. Tony has graciously prepared a separate, annotated version of his post – accessible here – for anyone who might be interested. And yes, we know that the title of this piece conjures Star Wars, not Star Trek – it’s the best the headline-writing department here at CommLawBlog.com could come up with.]
In Star Trek-infused opinion, a federal judge beams copyright trolls to Planet Loser.
In a decision chock-full of Star Trek references, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright, II has levied planet-wasting (or at a minimum, career-ruining) sanctions against a collective of porn copyright trolls looking to assimilate the pocketbooks of alleged porn downloaders.
The trolls incurred the Wrath of Wright by weaving a complicated Tholian web of deceit using the court as an unwitting but crucial element of their nefarious scheme. As the Judge put it: “[W]hen the Court realized [the trolls had] engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud, . . . the Court went to battlestations.”
Before delving into the hull-breaching sanctions resulting from the Judge’s full volley of photon torpedoes, a little background.
The case began as porn troll cases generally do.Continue Reading...