Every time John Steele (or one of his minions) appears at this and DietrollDie’s forums, he never fails to mention his intention to hire new lowlifes. I have no idea why he thinks that it will help scaring readers into submission, but he persistently tries to plant into our minds the idea that Prenda is legion. In reality, the times are hard for Steele and trolls in general: information about the copyright trolling scam is spreading fast. As a result, it is hard to find an attorney who will risk his reputation at the dusk of extortionists’ day. Even in Florida, Steele’s firm is having problems finding a Joe Perea’s replacement. One reputable attorney was tricked into cooperation recently, but ran away as soon as he learned what Prenda is about. The prospect to find anyone soon in Florida is seemingly grim to the extent that Chicago’s Paul Duffy, the nominal Prenda’s boss, has to appear pro hac vice to represent Steve Lightspeed in a farcical CFAA lawsuit that lingers in the Miami-Dade county court. In Texas, long-time faithful servant Douglas McIntyre decided to leave the sinking ship Prenda this week, a noble action that any self-respecting rat performs when the time is right.
Northern California is not a fertile ground for new trolls either. As I said, it is very hard to find anyone who is willing to risk his future career, especially if the salary that is offered is a joke. Nothing is impossible for a California’s Prenda attaché, brave Brett “Pinocchio” Gibbs, though, and our restless young man posts a job ad to Craigslist. If you access this text from the future, the link is most likely invalid: the lifespan of a Craigslist ad is short, that’s why I preserved a screenshot:
No copyright experience needed! $40K/year! I knew these people are vile, but did not expect them to be so cheap. My mood was already elevated after reading this ad, but Raul chimed in and made my day: I did not have such a good laugh for a long time. Below is Raul’s translation from Pinocchiolean:
Full-Time Apprentice Copyright Troll (mill valley)
Mill Valley Of Counsel to Copyright Troll Firm, Prenda Law, seeking full-time apprentice troll to help maintain the caseload provided by a nationally disdained Chicago-based copyright troll firm specializing in a barely legal extortion racket. Currently, this is a one-person scumbag operation, and will be looking for someone to work with that one person directly to accomplish the tasks presented. Very sleazy environment in the office but we keep lots of beer on hand to please our leader, Master Troll John Steele, in case he visits us from sunny Florida. A lot of opportunities to appear in State and Federal courts to receive lashing by judges, potential sanctions, and unanimous contempt by others in the legal profession.
Bonus Qualifications (not necessary):
NO copyright/litigation experience/background necessary as we fly by the seat of our pants.
• Compensation: to be defined (need to call the Department of Labor to learn the current minimum wage).
• OK to highlight this job opening for persons with mental disabilities: we hired Lutz and Duffy after all.
• Principals only! Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster unless you wish to be sued for copyright infringement.
• Please, no phone calls about this job! (as if you can find my phone number in this ad — LOL)
• Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests such as malpractice insurance.