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Trollfighter

$355 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 44 months
Chimp Jones  PONTIAC, IL

My sister in law recently found herself the victim of a "legal" scam. She was accused of downloading a pornographic movie and then terrorized by unethical lawyers representing the porno companies. In reality, the lawyers (commonly known as "copyright trolls") created this "business plan" to make money via settlements (or as some people call it, extortion). The trolls harvest IP addresses and subpoena the courts to gain the personal information of whomever happens to pay the bill for said IP address. Once the trolls have the "john doe's" name and phone number they contact them and threaten a federal lawsuit and possibly having to pay $150,000 - BUT- they (the trolls) can make it all go away if we will just pay them a small settlement fee of $3000 (the settlement offer changes but is usually just under what it would cost for a John Doe to pay an attorney to defend them). 

Over 200,000 citizens have been accused similarly. The trolls rarely actually served John Does with a summons (because they are in the business of collecting settlements, not litigating which costs them money). Judges began questioning this so the trolls have started naming a small percentage of John Does who do not cave to their scare tactics. My sil was one of the unlucky few to receive a summons and be forced to hire a defense attorney. 


She has never used bit-torrent software and has never downloaded any porno movies so she chose to fight and not "feed the trolls". The problem is, defending yourself in a civil suit is expensive (you only get a "free" lawyer if it's a criminal case), in civil cases you seem to be "guilty until you prove your innocence".


I originally started this fundraiser to help raise money for her defense. About a month into the hearings the "plaintiff" decided to voluntarily dismiss the charge against her. We have decided that  ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE USED TO FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE (funding the websites, helping other innocent John Does, perhaps a class action lawsuit, etc. we are open to suggestions). 


Nearly 250,000 citizens have been victims of this, it could easily happen to you or a loved one if people don't start fighting back. We want to help by bringing awareness. There are some great websites to read more on this, visit "fightcopyrighttrolls.com" or "dietrolldie.com"

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Update 9
40 months ago

First donation made to FightCopyrightTrolls.com!!! It's not going to make anyone rich but hopefully it will help with the site upkeep and PACER accounts!

Still plenty of tee shirts and stickers left.
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Update 8
42 months ago

The worlds best rock star attorney got his thank you shirt.... https://mobile.twitter.com/ThePietzLawFirm/status/316336431754784769
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Update 7
42 months ago

great news! the shirts are in and have all been mailed out!! USA donators should expect them by Saturday and UK peeps can expect them in one to two weeks (narrowest date the PO would give me). Hope they are well received!
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$355 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 44 months
Created January 28, 2013
Chimp Jones  
$75
Anonymous
42 months ago
$100
Anonymous
43 months ago
AC
$50
And Clover
43 months ago
JP
$50
John Pavan
43 months ago

Go get the F%$ks!

PS
$40
Pat Scullion
43 months ago

I'm so happy to donate towards this. It's utterly disgusting what these people do, and it's about time people properly stood up. Good luck and if there's anything else I can do please let me know!

$40
Shelbi Shumaker
43 months ago

I have known Shannon most of my life and am so proud that she has decided to fight this! Help her beat the trolls!

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