If you give something away for free you can't then sue people for stealing it
Prenda law is accused of uploading porn films to the Pirate Bay bittorrent tracker and then suing people who downloaded them. Except, of course, if they are the rights holder and they upload their own material to a sharing site, then it isn't really a crime to download it. They voluntarily shared it.
People noticed that many of the shared files Prenda was using as the basis of its legal letters were linked to a single Pirate Bay user with the ID of Sharkmp4. It was believed that this user was just a front for Prenda, but that was mostly speculation.
In July, lawyers in a lawsuit involving Prenda received a court order compelling Internet service providers to reveal the actual subscriber info behind the Sharkmp4 uploads. And last week, it was revealed in a response from Comcast that one of the IPs is actually for Steele’s office in Minneapolis.
“The irony of the above is that Prenda is now being haunted by the IP-address subpoenas they first used to pressure accused file-sharers into paying thousands of dollars in settlement fees,” writes TorrentFreak.com.
It’s worth noting that Comcast responded to the court order promptly and without protest. Compare this response to the cable giant’s previous fights against these sorts of requests from copyright trolls. In 2012, lawyers for Comcast referred to the types of legal actions taken by Prenda and others as “shakedowns,” and refused to provide user information.