"This sounds like 191 pages of a meritless criminal theory," Rothken said. The conversations are "about whether users are doing bad things on the site. The notion that they keep piling on more evidence to bolster civil claims of secondary copyright infringement, to us look like they're desperately trying to mislead the public."
The criminal case is ongoing.
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