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
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
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
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.