Honeypot Pornography Lawyer Pleads Guilty

Honeypot Pornography Lawyer Pleads Guilty

A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them.

Paul Hansmeier has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering for his part in the Prenda Law piracy scheme.

Prenda is believed to have made about $3m (£2.3m) from the scheme.

His guilty plea is part of an agreement that will ensure he does not receive a sentence longer than 150 months.

Court documents released on Friday reveal that Hansmeier and colleague John Steele set up Prenda Law in 2010 and initially acted for pornographic film-makers keen to stop their films being pirated online.

The firm took legal action to uncover pirates' names and addresses and asked them to pay up to $3,000 (£2,700) to avoid legal action over the illegal downloading.

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