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Unnamed Dunelander being sued in federal court for copyright infringement by porn movie firm

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An unnamed Chesterton resident is one of 11 persons being sued for copyright infringement by a California company after they allegedly distributed a website containing what appear to be—given their titles—16 pornographic movies.

On Monday, Malibu Media LLL filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

According to the suit, Malibu Media retained a firm—IPP Limited—to trace the IP addressees of persons believed to be using a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol to reproduce, distribute, display, or perform its copyrighted movies.

That investigation led IPP Limited to 11 persons—known only by their IP addresses—with actual physical addresses in Chesterton, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Griffith, Hammond, Merrillville, LaPorte, South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, and Warsaw, the suit states.

The 11 worked together in what is known as a “swarm,” the suit also states, in which each defendant “directly interacted and communicated with other members of that swarm through digital handshakes, the passing along of computer instructions, uploading and downloading, and other types of transmissions.”

Malibu Media is seeking statutory damages of $150,000 per movie—for a judgment of $2.4 million per defendant—as well as actual damages, any profits made by the defendants, and attorney’s fees.




Posted 8/1/2012