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From a complaint filed against several bloggers by John Steele, an Illinois attorney whose firm, Prenda Law, claims its mission is to fight copyright piracy. According to court documents, Prenda Law has sued tens of thousands of people, threatening to name them in public filings that charge them with illegally downloading pornography unless they pay settlement fees. In May, a judge ordered the firm to pay $81,319.72 in legal fees and penalties for “brazen misconduct and relentless fraud.” Steele dropped his libel suit in March.

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