Lipscomb's efforts have helped his clients recoup some of their losses, but they haven't earned him any friends online. "Someone once told me: 'Go sodomize yourself with a baseball bat,' " he says. But whereas the young attorney takes such abuse as a sign that he's doing his job, others say he's tormenting innocent Americans.

"Lipscomb really scares people with these pure bills of discovery," says the founder of website fightcopyrighttrolls.com, who declines to give his name. He concedes Lipscomb is "an extremely smart guy" but says he is notorious for letting porn companies or their hired guns — called "trolls" because they mindlessly scour the internet — hustle people for settlements.

Several posts on the website refer to Lips­comb. Others rail against the broader practice of punishing porn downloaders. "Trolls are trying to get us for infringing on a copyright, but they are also trying to shame us. Shame us for what? After all, everyone watches porn," argues one anonymous commenter. "But what are the trolls doing? [They] are dirtier than we are."

The simmering anger against Lipscomb and his tactics boiled over this past July. That's when Barker filed a class-action lawsuit against five of Lipscomb's clients — including Malibu Media and Patrick Collins — claiming harassment and fraud. Lipscomb says that her suit is "frivolous" and that Henry has "no clue what he's doing."

"There is nothing unfair orunrighteous about holding a thief to account," Lipscomb says.

But Barker says she isn't a thief, and she isn't backing down. "I am standing up for my rights not to be bullied," she says. "If it is happening to me, it is happening to other innocent people. Whether it is a porn company or Disney, I won't give them money for something I didn't do."

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