Jason Scott tops his instructive presentation off with narrating on how the weird legal case against him fell apart and what conclusions he drew out of it.By this point, he’s summarized the damages (see right-hand image) such that the summary for reasonable counsel’s fees, that is to say, himself suing me are to be addressed; summary of consequential damages to be addressed; and the summary of actual damages on Counts Three, Four and Five he hasn’t figured out yet. But Count One, the Copyright and Infringements actual – he’s counting infringements as “every time I think somebody downloaded something, they owe me the full value in damages”, $163 million. And Lanham Act violations, which, again, under certain circumstances treble, which may or not be this case – suddenly it’s $491 million. This gives him about $655,200,000.
And then he tacked onto it – by the way, he figured out the punitive damages by taking the infringement damages and tripling them – he came up with $1.9 billion. And finally, he added them back up again – that’s critical, you’ve got to understand: he got three eggs, threw together the eggs, and then ended up somehow with six eggs, six glorious Lanham Act violative eggs. Critical to understand! And he ended up with $2.6 billion.I also just want to mention this, somewhere deep down there: “Over a period of several months, time permitting, Plaintiff surveyed the entire Internet, using the Alta Vista search engine developed by Digital Equipment Corp. (now owned by Compaq Corp.)” (see left-hand image). So, that’s, like, 1997, he’d looked at the entire Internet…
So, here’s the deal: it was a real lawsuit. A bunch of us were named. He had the Supreme Law Firm. Now, again, part of the problem here is that, if you’re alone, you almost think: “Oh my god, this maniac is somehow going to maybe get a billion dollars from me!” You can sit there with your buddies, you know, and you may say that’s stupid bullshit. But the fact is that when you’re alone and you don’t have anyone to talk to, you can feel really scared by that. So, anyway, we ended up banding together and creating the ‘supreme gall’ mailing list; and ‘supreme gall’ in us would pass along things he had sent, make fun of him and otherwise come up with stuff. So, of the 12 people on the ‘supreme gall’ list, who were all parties, three of us sent lawyers. I wasn’t one of them. My lawyer actually advised that I should, but that’s what a lawyer does, doesn’t he? As plumber says: “You need a plumber.” Anyway, they sent him along there, and of course he was insane.Here’s the deal though: while he was pretty crazy during the actual lawsuit and said crazy things, what actually sunk his case – so don’t do this – is he upped the charges by indicating that we now owed interest on the original stuff that we owed (see right-hand image). So he produced this out of his butt, 7 percent up per annum, need to give more, and he sent that directly to us instead of through our lawyers or in absentia; and as a result, they threw his case out. He then said that the judge was part of the conspiracy, said some awful things to the judge and got declared of vexatious litigant, which means “You’re an asshole in the eyes of the court”. I couldn’t come up with a good slide representing happiness and success, so this is a picture of me at 16 with my bulletin board system (see left-hand image), because I was really happy back then. The upshot of this thing was that I really learned a lot. And he did send me some letters afterwards, and I do collect them all, but kind of the nature of this whole thing is that you have to understand that you should never try to do things alone. I don’t mean that you have to go walk into the cops if you think you’ve done something wrong, but talk to other people about what you think is going on and where things are. Talk to people, because the fact is that working in ignorance allows scum like this to really take advantage of you. It doesn’t always come with a perfect neon-sized clown hat crazy like this guy. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it’s just a little side of “somebody has a different moral structure than you and he’s really going nuts and he’s telling you things that just inherently aren’t true”.
If you go to PaulAndrewMitchell.com, which I own, don’t call the two phone numbers – one of them goes to a Paul Mitchell hair salon, the second one goes to an abandoned insane asylum. But you can read all of these documents in all their ‘glory’, and read all about him, and get lots of information to see what crazy can look like.So, anyway, here’s a whole bunch of ways to reach me (see right-hand image): Textfiles.com; my weblog Ascii.textfiles.com; I invite you all to visit the retro room that I helped put together here which has a functioning PDP-11 – please don’t avoid that, probably the last time you’re going to touch that medal while it’s on, or when it’s not your bed ban. And of course you’re free to follow my cat on Twitter, because people just love that cat.
Anyway, thank you so much!