Porn trolling mastermind is the world’s most evasive witness

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Stefan Schlautmann On Wednesday we wrote about the elaborate chart defense attorney Morgan Pietz created to help Judge Otis Wright keep track of the many organizations associated with porn copyright trolling firm Prenda law, all of which seem to be run by the same half-dozen people. Pietz has now released a transcript of a remarkable deposition he took of Paul Hansmeier, who along with John Steele is widely regarded as the brains behind Prenda’s litigation campaign. Officially, a Prenda-linked shell company called “AF Holdings” is suing Pietz’s client for infringing copyright by downloading a pornographic film from BitTorrent. But in recent weeks, the focus of the litigation has shifted to alleged misconduct by Prenda, including whether the firm stole the identity of Minnesota resident Alan Cooper to use as an officer of AF Holdings. Judge Wright has scheduled a Monday hearing to get to the bottom of the allegations. Last month, we covered a filing by Prenda attorney Brett Gibbs, who insisted that all the important decisions had been made by “senior members of the law firms” connected to Prenda. Gibbs later identified these individuals as Hansmeier and Steele. Read 18 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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