The Lawyer Who Founded Prenda Law Just Got Disbarred

Long-time Slashdot reader lactose99 writes:
One of the original copyright trolls finally got their comeuppance. From TFA: “John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer who pled guilty to perjury, fraud and money laundering resulting from alleged ‘honeypot’ schemes, has just been disbarred by an Illinois court.” John L. Steele, as you may know, is one of the principals of Prenda Law, a notorious copyright troll who has been featured on /. several times. The article goes on to describe how the Prenda lawyers used honeypot-like tactics to trick people into downloads and then subsequently scammed them for copyright violations.

Their operation brought in $6 million in settlement fees, reports Engadget, adding “While it is illegal to download copyrighted files from file-sharing sites, it is also against the law to extort downloaders.”


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