Today we take a look at a tangled web of copyright trolls who have set their sights on thousands of BitTorrent users. More specifically, the law firm Steele Hansmeier, the BitTorrent tracking company led by Hansmeier’s brother and the mysterious company MCGIP, which sued BitTorrent users for movies they didn’t make.
I grew up on a dairy farm just outside the booming metropolis of Cumberland, Wisconsin (pop. 2280), with my parents and my two brothers. After graduating high school, I moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota. I graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. and a degree in Political Science, and shortly thereafter moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law School. Like the city itself, my time in New Orleans was unique and memorable. I went to law school, went to the French Quarter, hitch-hiked out of town (slightly) before Hurricane Katrina, and eventually returned to graduate cum laude. For those who don’t speak Latin, I believe that means “did real good.” After law school, I moved to New York and took a position with an insurance defense firm in Manhattan. While there, I met my lovely girlfriend, who was finishing her Ph.D. thesis. After completing her monumental work of genius, she was offered a post-doctoral position at UCSC. I happily encouraged the move, so that I could stand in front of the background in this picture and pursue my own dream of a solo practice. Done and done.