Originally posted by Tim Cushing Feb 8th 2013
It looks as if Judge Otis Wright is about done humoring Brett Gibbs and Prenda Law/AF Holdings/Ingenuity 13 LLC’s continued legal asshattery. In a lengthy order that reads more like a smackdown, Wright attacks Gibb’s abuse of the legal system and thoroughly dismantles his so-called “business model.”
First, Wright takes on the evidence Prenda Law presents, consisting of a “snapshot” of possible infringement in progress. He points out that a time-coded screenshot hardly makes the case that actual infringement occurred.
This snapshot allegedly shows that the Defendants were downloading the copyrighted work—at least at that moment in time. But downloading a large file like a video takes time; and depending on a user’s Internet-connection speed, it may take a long time. In fact, it may take so long that the user may have terminated the download. The user may have also terminated the download for other reasons. To allege copyright infringement based on an IP snapshot is akin to alleging theft based on a single surveillance camera shot: a photo of a child reaching for candy from a display does not automatically mean he stole it. No Court would allow a lawsuit to be filed based on that amount of evidence…
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