Prenda Copyright Trolls Arrested and Charged With Fraud and Extortion
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Prenda Copyright Trolls Arrested and Charged With Fraud and Extortion

For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. While the firm no longer exists, two of its principals have now been arrested. The duo hafe been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Interestingly, The Pirate Bay plays a key role in the case. In recent years copyright trolls have been accused of various dubious schemes and actions, but there’s one group that tops them all. Prenda Law grabbed dozens of headlines, mostly surrounding negative court rulings over identity theft , misrepresentation and even deception. Most controversial was the shocking revelation that Prenda uploaded their own torrents to The Pirate Bay, creating a honeypot for the people they later sued over pirated downloads. Today, this and other evidence was presented in a criminal indictment filed in the Minnesota District Court. The U.S. Government accuses Prenda principals John Steele and Paul Hansmeier of running a multimillion-dollar fraud and extortion operation. That the case might go criminal first came to light when Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij were approached for information, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. According to the […]

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