Malibu Media Sanctioned Again For Bogus Copyright Abuse & Intimidation

from the start-adding-them-up dept

Back in September, we wrote about porn trolling company Malibu Media getting sanctioned for its ridiculous use of “Exhibit C” in its legal filings against people it accused of unauthorized downloads of porn content that it held the copyright on. Exhibit C was a completely useless exhibit that had nothing to do with the actual case at hand, but listed out other content that Malibu insisted the same person was downloading. None of the titles listed in Exhibit C were content where Malibu Media held the copyright. Instead, it was almost always titles of porn videos that would be considered very embarrassing for some people. The obvious intention: scare people into settling early to avoid having their names attached to a federal lawsuit where the records showed a long list of explicitly named movies that someone had downloaded. The court in the Western District of Wisconsin sanctioned Malibu’s lawyers $200 per case, for a total of $2,200.

Now, in a similar finding over in the Eastern District of Wisonsin, Judge Rudolph Randa has basically found the same thing and piled another $600 in sanctions for three cases in that district onto Malibu Media. Another $600 is pocket change of course, but there are a ton more of these cases out there, and if more and more courts start recognizing the game that Malibu is playing… we could be in for another Prenda-like domino effect. The court makes it clear that it recognizes that Malibu Media is abusing the judicial process to try to convince people to pay up. Hopefully more courts will begin to recognize this as well.

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The Wanderer (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

I’m not even entirely sure what he’s talking about. My best guess is that he’s trying for a “Chicken Little” reference, but if so, he’s doing it wrong.

To reference an established phrase while changing the words, especially if it’s a short phrase, it works much better if you can keep the scansion the same. In this case, “Little” has two syllables, but “Mike” only has one, so the modified version doesn’t scan the same way as the original.

It would work much better to use “Masnick” instead; that has two syllables, so it would keep the rhythm of “Chicken Little”, and be much more likely to have people recognize what is meant.

Still very much worthy of reporting either way, of course.

Anon E. Mous (profile) says:

This has never been about protecting someone works, this is all about the settlement game. While Malibu will follow thru on some cases, they like Prenda before them are hoping you are just going to settle.

This is basically extortion and blackmail in a legal forum, take the courts out of it and you have what it really is.

The fact that Malibu has an actual client that isn’t a figment of John Steel’s imagination or someone who looked after his dog is the difference maker on that front.

But this is the same thing Prenda was doing which is use the courts to extract settlements from people with the threat of a lawsuit. Honestly they are no better than Prenda.

out_of_the_blue says:

So, the legal system (eventually, sorta) works against copyright abuse...

Then you can move on to things that affects us all everyday, Mike! I suggest Google’s massive spying and data collation, or its alarming foray into robotics, or the appalling inequality at Wal-Mart, or the spread of violence caused by video games: the “knockout” game, or even the truly astounding valuation of Twitter at $26 billion when its profits are a mere 168 million.

But using the courts for copyright abuses has been attended to without your help, and though far too small a punishment, that’s due to the medieval guild that controls all lawyers, a judge rarely punishes any, which would make you another good topic of wide interest.

Just because a lot of people have gotten a lot of easy money off teh internets doesn’t make it a plus overall: at the very least, the Internet enables spying on scale and in detail as never before.


Anonymous Coward says:

Re: So, the legal system (eventually, sorta) works against copyright abuse...

The spread of violence caused by video games? I’ve played a lot of video games over the years, and none of them have ever gotten violent with me…at least, not in the real world. But what would you know of the real world?

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