Indianapolis, IN – Plaintiff Malibu Media, LLC of Los Angeles, CA has sued seventeen “John Does” for copyright infringement in separate complaints filed in both the Southern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Indiana.
Paul Nicoletti, a copyright attorney, has filed seventeen nearly identical suits in Indiana federal court on behalf of Malibu Media. The “John Does” allegedly used the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol to illegally download, copy and distribute elements of various works of copyrighted material.
Malibu Media seeks a permanent injunction against infringing activities; an order by the court to remove infringing materials from all computers of each defendant; an award of statutory damages of $150,000 per infringed work – which would total over $1 million for many defendants – and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
Practice Tip: The BitTorrent protocol is a decentralized method that allows users to distribute data via the Internet, and has become an extremely popular method for unlawful copying, reproducing and distributing files in violation of the copyright laws. While the copyright infringements committed with BitTorrent once consisted mostly of music copyright violations, the adult entertainment industry has increasingly been filing suit against infringers who have used BitTorrent-based technology.