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.

Filed Under: exhibit c, sanctions
Companies: malibu media


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    Anon E. Mous (profile), 13 Dec 2013 @ 5:58pm

    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.

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