Prenda Law v. Paul Godfread, Alan Cooper, et al.
EFF represents the owners of the blogs Die Troll Die (dietrolldie.com) and Fight Copyright Trolls (fightcopyrighttrolls.com) in an effort to quash subpoenas seeking their identities. The subpoenas at issue were issued by Prenda Law, a well known "porn troll," in an effort to punish and intimidate into silence those who have spoken out against it. In connection with many of its lawsuits, Prenda Law has represented—falsely—that Alan Cooper is an officer and corporate representative of one of its purported clients, AF Holdings. After Mr. Cooper filed suit against Prenda’s principals for identity theft, and after Judge Wright of the Central District of California invited Mr. Cooper to testify about what he knew, Prenda attempted to intimidate its detractors into silence by filing this defamation suit against Mr. Cooper, his attorney Paul Godfread, and Does 1-10. The Complaint incorrectly asserts that Die Troll Die and Fight Copyright Trolls, two of the "Does" named in the Complaint, made tortious statements on their blogs, none of which are actually actionable, and Prenda immediately attempted to use this ill-conceived lawsuit to require the production of Die Troll Die and Fight Copyright Trolls' identities. EFF is fighting Prenda's improper subpoenas.