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Prenda Law had a very bad day in court Tuesday – what’s been referred to as “an extinction-level event.” US District Judge Otis Wright II of the Central District of California had some stern words for the notorious copyright trolls after only a 12 minute hearing in which Prenda attorneys all invoked the fifth amendment to avoid self-incrimination. It was a move that has likely damaged the company irreparably and quite possibly, in an unprecedented fashion.
Below is a collection of posts from the day on how the hearing unfolded. If you’re not familiar with the entire history of this case, rather than trying to summarize it here, I include some historical links for you to catch up from sources intimately familiar with the case, located at the bottom of this section.
Law blogger Ken White of Popehat, who attended Tuesday’s hearing, has penned the definitive post of the day in the Prenda case:
Roundup of additional Prenda posts of the day:
Deep Dive: Prenda Law Is Dead (cross-post of Popehat’s post)
Prenda lawyers take Fifth Amendment; judge storms out: “We’re done” – ‘Those in attendance describe Judge Otis Wright as “incandescently angry.”‘
If you need a visual aid to follow this story, Ars Technica has this helpful chart.
If you want to catch up on this whole sordid affair from the beginning, Popehat has been on the scoop from early on. Here’s the entire series. Ars Technica and TechDirt also have a plethora of historical coverage.
Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
When will they learn?
A debate on this topic from differing viewpoints.
A student answered his essay question to his STAAR test (that’s the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test) with “YOLO” and “I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness.” Then he tweeted it and sent it to the Arlington Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency. Not a smart use of Twitter.
Oh, Google. Don’t be evil.
The SEC announced Tuesday that it will finally allow companies to announce news through social media.
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Hackers claiming association with Anonymous claim to have seized more than 15,000 passwords belonging to several North Korean websites (we’re not entirely sure yet how this “sets North Koreans free”). However, ‘The Jester’ has also claimed responsibility for the attack.
Last week’s DDoS attack caused big problems for some, went unnoticed by others.’
‘If no one’s supposed to see your passcode, why does it matter?’ My thoughts exactly.
Law and Order.
The Donald is a bit touchy, it seems.
Is it just me, or does it seem like someone is bothering Facebook every week?
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) targets a Wikipedia editor who called for more neutral citations and content contributions.
They’ve had a rough week…
Since video games are being blamed for everything these days…
Thanks to crowdsourcing funds from fans, they’ll now expand their original scope. That means a little more time.