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NAPLES, Fla – from www.winknews.com – Stolen porn leads to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in a Southwest Florida federal court.
Two adult film producers from L.A. don’t know who the thief is, but tracked the IP address to Naples.
In the complaint, Malibu Media claims a Naples resident violated copyright laws by illegally downloading dozens of adult movies.
Keith Lipscomb [pictured], the attorney for Malibu Media, LLC, says these John Doe lawsuits are the only way to crackdown on the illegal underground world of file sharing.
Before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, six million copies of the movie were illegally downloaded through software programs like BitTorrent.
“It’s literally a multi billion dollar a year problem,” says Lipscomb.
Lipscomb, based in Miami, says 80,000 people steal Malibu Media’s adult movies every month. Rather than paying for a monthly subscription, they illegally download the porn using software programs like BitTorrent.
Two years ago Malibu Media hired a company to track down the thieves and go after the worst of the worst with John Doe lawsuits.
“The people that use TitTorrent know that what they’re doing is illegal,” says Lipscomb. “99.5 percent of what is on the Torrent sites are copyrighted material. This is an illegal file sharing underworld that exists in our country.”
The complaint says they found John Doe in Naples using a geo location software program. Now that the suit is filed, they will subpoena John Doe’s internet provider to find out who is on the other side of the computer.
But a quick internet search find dozens of critics who claim Malibu Media and other adult film producers are using the John Doe lawsuit as a scare tactic to settle with the defendants before they’re publicly revealed and taken to court.
The recommended punishments laid out in the suit ask the Naples John Doe to delete the movies and pay $150,000 fien for each illegally downloaded movie. In this case there were 33.
But, Lipscomb says it’s not about the money as much as the hope that these lawsuits deter others from stealing in the future. “It’s a difficult process, it’s labor intensive, costs lots of money and it’s not generally that profitable. The real goal is to deter and of course we try to make big money, but it’s not always possible.”