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Lawyer Uploaded Porn to File Sharing Sites then Sued Downloaders

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SEOMadHatter, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. SEOMadHatter

    SEOMadHatter Power Member

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    I mean... that's pretty creative.

    A US lawyer who uploaded pornography on to file-sharing sites then sued people who downloaded it, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

    John Steele co-founded a firm called Prenda Law that set up and ran the porn-trolling scheme.

    His Prenda partner Paul Hansmeier was jailed for 14 years in June for his role in the scam.

    Steele faced a sentence of more than 10 years but this was reduced because he co-operated with prosecutors.

    Hidden route
    Prenda Law ran its porn-trolling con from 2010 to 2013 and it is believed to have netted the firm more than $6m (£4.8m).

    It accused people of pirating pornographic films it had uploaded to file-sharing sites.

    And many people preferred to pay several thousand dollars to Prenda rather than challenge the accusation in the courts.

    Federal investigators began probing Prenda in 2012 after it sued two large US ISPs it accused of helping subscribers pirate pornographic films.

    This investigation discovered Prenda had been uploading the pornographic films, to which it owned the copyright, to file-sharing sites itself - to encourage people to pirate them.

    In addition, the fees paid by many of the alleged pirates had been funnelled through shell companies to hide the fact they were actually going to Steele and Hansmeier.

    At his sentencing hearing, Steele said he had made "stupid decisions", reported tech news site Ars Technica.

    His lawyer agreed, adding his actions had been "reprehensible, abhorrent, and criminal".

    Steele and Hansmeier have also been ordered to repay $1.5m to victims of the porn-piracy scheme.


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48950503
     
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  2. Nut-Nights

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    Getting sued for downloading porn? that shit is crazy.
     
  3. malogrido

    malogrido Registered Member

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    The times are changing.
     
  4. Amoled

    Amoled Regular Member

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    For what they were sued? I don't understand what they did legaly wrong.
     
  5. malogrido

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    I suppose we are talking about downloading copyrighted porn (movies and similar).
     
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    but didn't the lawyers had the copyrights of the porn they uploaded? Why did they get sued?
     
  7. SEOMadHatter

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    A tenant at an old flat had a letter threatening to sue over his recent download xxx.Big.Busty.Nuns.xxx or something. Made me chuckle, I had the letter up on the wall for a while.

    I'd assume these things are just sent out on scale to see who's scared enough about it going public to just settle.
     
  8. GringoMonkey

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    What a surprise a greedy lawyer! Next they will be patent trolling... oh wait a minute they do that as well!
     
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  9. malogrido

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    Maybe this is what porn-trolling consists of.
     
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    You need to read the text again... You are totally off.
     
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  11. SEOMadHatter

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    No, he has it right - the lawyers owned the copyright.

    I think if it hadn't been himself uploading it this would be entirely legal he'd just be chasing people pirating his shit.
     
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    They were fishing for people and therefor it was their fault. It's basically a trickster baiting you to do something just so that the trickster can get a reward.
     
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    at some point you have to stop or it will backfire.
     
  14. SEOMadHatter

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    Yeah - but he was right, they own the copyright. If it hadn't been for them uploading it themselves this would have been legal.

    Ah the age old question though, when is it enough? We don't really know what point we'd stop at unless we've been there. It's easy to say $1 mill is enough until you have a relatively easy way of doing that consistently.
     
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  15. Illicitus

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    Oh boy... That was not the point. But forget.
     
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    smart, scummy and sexy - he baited his enemies, great strategy

    nofap era inc
     
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    Not a surprise, similar sht happened in my country..
     
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    "If you dig a hole for others, there is a chance to fall in it yourself" perfect example for this quote.
     
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