Don’t get excited. Prenda Law Inc. appears to be dead… just like Steele|Hansmeier, PLLC was dead last year (November 18th, 2011), and just like Steele Law Firm, PLLC was dead the year before… Their new name will be called the “Anti-Piracy Law Group.”
I would joke around and say that these guys don’t want to file their tax returns so every year they shut down their entity and open up a new one. Joking aside, it is my opinion that the reason they keep changing their name is to evade the courts’ recognition of their copyright trolling business strategy because the tough lesson they have learned is that their firm’s bad name follows their lawsuits.
If you receive a notice from your internet service provider (ISP) containing a subpoena for copyright infringement, or if you receive a “scare” letter directly from the Anti-Piracy Law Group or one of their local counsel, do not be scared. It is still the same John Steele / Paul Duffy Illinois racket foisting the same copyright trolling scam on us taxpayers. As Sophisticated Jane Doe put it in her article, this is merely an example of a snake changing its skin… yet again.
While John Steele’s “WeFightPiracy.com” website is still up, their “Prenda Law Inc.” entity according to the Illinois Secretary of State’s page is “NOT IN GOOD STANDING.” I too don’t think this will change. To get a glance at their new website which is looking for a home (note, “www.antipiracylawgroup.com” has already been registered by someone else), you can visit what the new site will likely look like at http://wefightpiracy.org.previewdns.com/about-us/.
There is really not much else to say, except that I hear people are getting “scare” letters in the mail with the “Anti-Piracy Law Group” name on the letterhead. If you are one of these recipients, just know that the game has not changed. Everything is EXACTLY the same as it was when it was Prenda Law Inc., just as it was when it was Steele Hansmeier, PLLC, just as it was when it was Steele Law Firm, PLLC. No changes. No criminal charges. No disbarments… yet.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Their new “Anti-Piracy Law Group” name is quite official sounding. I wonder if next year they’ll have the gall to call themselves the U.S. Copyright Group (oh yeah, that’s been done already by other copyright trolls), because choosing scary-sounding names and changing them as soon as the courts catch on to their scam seems to be their modus operandi these days.
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