Posted October 03, 2018 07:18:00In an increasingly online world, copyright trolls are making it difficult for many people to exercise their First Amendment rights, but the best defense is a good offense.
Ars Technic’s Brad Edwards and his lawyer, Paul Singer, both worked as lawyers and judges in cases involving copyright trolls.
In one such case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a class action suit against two lawyers named Andrew W.S. (Andrew) and Brian L. (Brian) Sibley for allegedly making threats to stop sending legal advice to copyright trolls, but only after their attorneys had sent them hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by the judge, who said that the lawsuit was a “petty nuisance.”
In a different case, Sibleys attorney, Andrew W., threatened a copyright troll with legal action for publishing his own work.
It turned out that the copyright troll was not a lawyer, but rather a “freelance” copyright troll who had been hired by W. S. to take on a case, but that he was simply going to send a couple of articles to the attorney general of Illinois for legal advice.
In that case, however, the lawyer representing the troll was a lawyer who actually had an interest in the outcome of the case, not a copyright owner.
Siblexes attorney, Brian L., also made an offer to help the troll, but when Sibleyt’s attorney, Alan D. Gertz, called Siblexs offer “bizarre” the troll responded that the offer was a bluff, and that the lawyer’s offers were not going to happen.
SIBLEY SIBLEYS LAWYERS PRIZE: In a similar case, a lawyer named Paul Singer sent thousands of spam emails to a group of people claiming that they were being sued by a copyright holder for publishing a book.
In response, the copyright holder said that Singer was lying, that they had not sued, and offered to pay the lawyer who sent the spam.
This email sent to a handful of people has since been removed.
Singer’s attorney called the suit frivolous, and his attorneys offered a settlement in which Singer would stop sending spam emails.
But, SIBLEys attorneys argued that Singer would be paid out of his own pocket and would not be able to stop paying out of pocket.
Singer rejected the offer, and he was awarded millions of dollars by a judge.
SOURCE: Ars Technico article