Recently I wrote about judge Gibney ordering a minor troll Wayne O’Bryan to show cause why his mass file-sharing lawsuits are not frivolous and as such, why he shouldn’t be sanctioned according to Rule 11(b).
The hearing on this order is set for October 24. If O’Bryan is indeed sanctioned, it will be a huge blow to the entire swarm of US copyright trolls. Knowing that, Steele Hansmeier, one of the major troll outfits that runs Righthaven-style fraud, has filed an amicus brief, trying to protect its puppet troll and the extortion-like “business model” in general: this is an unusual and, in my opinion, quite a desperate act, showing the state of panic among trolls.
Prior to that, Wayne O’Bryan filed a response in a hurry, which is full of tactical mistakes and insults to the court. I don’t want to go over his filings now because I want to get the news out ASAP.
Seems like the P2P Armageddon is emerging in Virginia and I hope for big players (EFF) from the defendants’ side to intervene.
Thanks to DrownTheTrolls for alerting me about this development.
1. Thanks to Ernesto of TorrentFreak for spreading the news and linking to my post.
2. Although calling this case “Armageddon” was probably an overstatement, the battle is raging on and it is not boring: a very interesting document has been filed at the same date as Steele’s amicus.