Copyright Trolling: How to Recognize It, How It Works, and How to Respond


Live Broadcast on January 25, 2018

US Copyright law contains several quirks that allow an attorney to dragoon a district-court judge into providing the muscle for a lucrative shakedown scam. The development of a troll case is unexpected and astonishing to ordinary attorneys, so even targets who seek representation quickly can find themselves in a precarious position. Fortunately, the copyright quirks are double-edged, so a swift and careful response can protect the target and help pay for his defense.

This presentation explains how copyright trolling works, how to recognize it and how to respond.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  Features of Copyright Law, 17 USC §§101 et seq., that give rise to troll suits
•  Technical details of computer & Internet data transfer
•  Recognizing a troll suit
•  Defending a troll suit

Date / Time: January 25, 2018

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David Madden, Esq. is an electrical & computer engineer and patent attorney in solo practice in Portland, Oregon as Mersenne Law. He worked as a professional engineer for over 20 years (and continues to design, build, code and patent electronic and Internet systems), but in his day job, advises inventors and early-stage start-ups on IP and business legal matters. He has been representing individuals affected by copyright-troll suits since 2010.

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Section I. Quick overview of copyright law – 17 U.S.C. §§ 504(c)(2) & 505 Statutory damages, attorney fees

Section II. BitTorrent computer interactions

Section III. Troll suit definition

Section IV. Case timeline
a) Intended
b) Defended

Section V. Weaknesses in π case

Section VI. Risks for ∆

Section VII. Fake Troll Cases