|Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice.|
Since Prenda became a national poster child, I’m not compelled to cover its illustrious downfall anymore, unless I have something unique to add: there are people who write much better than yours truly. I’m sure anyone who follows Prenda stories enjoyed yesterday’s news: our trolls had their first oral argument on appeal in front of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (appealing Judge Murphy’s sanctions in Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Smith et al, ILSD 12-cv-00889). If you didn’t listen to the recording yet, you definitely should. Also read:
- Cook County Record: Seventh Circuit hears arguments in Prenda attorneys’ appeal over $261K sanction order; judge says Lightspeed record is “troublesome” by Bethany Krajelis.
- Techdirt: Appeals Court Not At All Impressed By Prenda’s Appeal by Mike Masnick.
- ArsTechnica: “Copyright troll” Prenda Law completely bombs at appeals court by Joe Mullin.
- Erin Russel’s tweets.
I want to present an eyewitness story. Heather S. enjoyed the show personally, so her first-hand impressions are valuable.
Mr. Voelker’s portion of the transcript:
Bart Huffman‘s argument:
Dan Booth‘s argument:
The justices asking questions:
Mr. Voelker during the rebuttal:
How the oral arguments ended for Prenda:
Mr. Duffy‘s inner child after the oral arguments:
Fantastic news: Prenda lost both appeals.
The first rule of holes, according to an old saying, is to stop digging.
Appellants’ burden in each of these proceedings was high and the record supports the district court’s holdings that they did not meet it. Any arguments that we have not discussed do not merit separate attention. We AFFIRM the order of sanctions imposed against appellants in No. 13-3801. We also AFFIRM the order in No. 14-1682 holding appellants in civil contempt and imposing the stated fine. Costs of appeal are to be taxed against appellants jointly and severally. See FED. R. APP. P. 39(a).
Congratulations to Dan, Jason, Erin, and everyone who took part, no matter how small, in uprooting the Prenda weed: it was truly a collective effort.
Special cheers to DieTrollDie: his post was mentioned in the order!
Also, don’t miss a hilarious Downfall parody Kat made.