As "DivX ;-)"
Some idiot "legal eagle" who fancied himself a smarty-pants in copyright and IP law but with absolutely zero understanding of human psychology or politics struck out bigtime on two predictions he made, and I got to rub it in his face a couple years later.
1. He claimed that Congress would not kill the "LaMacchia Loophole", named for a court case involving a man whose last name was LaMacchia, wherein the judge struck the charges against him on the basis that then-existing copyright law (circa 1996) did not ban the circulation of pirated software if no profit was incurred in the process. Indeed, LaMacchia's lawyer was able to prove that L. lost money on the cost of the FTP server and his Internet connection.
Two years later, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act closed exactly this loophole, explicitly making it a crime to violate copyright regardless of the monetary gain or lack of it.
2. He predicted that Sony/Circuit City's Divx would take off and be the DVD standard, even though it was abundantly clear that consumers hated the hell out of the idea. Corporations nickel-and-diming our "experiences" to death is just not on. And in fact, in 1997, Sony and CC quietly killed the Divx system, and all Divx-compliant DVD machines had their codes reset in 1998.
Just goes to show you that some lawyers just ain't got the ole grey matter. Fa fa fa