This is a quick post to break the news. I expect ArsTechnica to come up with a detailed article later today. For those who don’t know who Evan Stone is, read an earlier ArsTechnica’s article “Sanctioned: P2P lawyer fined $10,000 for ‘staggering chutzpah'” by Nate Anderson. “Staggering chutzpah” indeed: although Stone is not active on the porn scene, he did not abandon his greedy habit and currently shakes down anime fans. Not for long, not for long…
Update 07/13/2012: of course ArsTechnica came up with a good story.
Just one quick note. Looking at the following paragraph, I have a warm feeling that this event will reverberate beyond the bridge, under which Evan Stone dwells:
Stone committed those violations as an attempt to repeat his strategy of suing anonymous internet users for allegedly downloading pornography illegally, using the powers of the court to find their identity, then shaming or intimidating them into settling for thousands of dollars — a tactic that he has employed all across the state and that has been replicated by others across the country.
Why am I so excited? Because it is clear that the Fifth Circuit is aware of the copyright trolling plague and obviously not happy about it: just re-read the quote.
Enjoy the feast of common sense:
Thanks to Steve Glista for breaking the news.
- ArsTechnica: Copyright troll: $10,000 sanctions upheld by appeals court are “bulls**t”; says ISPs are looking out for their highest-paying customers—pirates by Cyrus Farivar.
- EFF|Deeplinks: Fifth Circuit Upholds Sanctions Award Against Copyright Troll Attorney by Matt Zimmerman.
- TorrentFreak: Copyright Troll Lawyer Slammed By Court of Appeals by enigmax.
- Techdirt: Copyright Troll Evan Stone Loses Again; Sanctions Upheld For ‘Staggering Chutzpah’ In Abusing Subpoena Powers by Mike Masnick.
- Wall Street Journal|Law blog: Sanctions, Subpoenas and Porn: A Copyright Tale by Joe Palazzolo.
- Find Law: Evan Stone Gets ‘EFF’-ed Up in Porn Copyright Trolling Sanctions by Robyn Hagan Cain.