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The business of mass copyright litigation has taken off in the past few years. Several firms around the country gather forensic evidence about illegal downloads on BitTorrent and then file lawsuits against hundreds, or thousands, of users, demanding settlement fees of several thousand dollars each.
One of the most prolific litigators is Malibu Media, which runs an adult website called “x-art.” Malibu has sued over 1,000 Internet users for downloading its content. Now that Prenda Law has become defunct and is mired in sanctions, Malibu may be the most vigorous copyright litigator in the United States.
A court document filed over the weekend by Malibu lawyers, and first published by the Fight Copyright Trolls blog, contains some striking, hitherto-unknown facts about the company’s campaign of lawsuits. The new information is part of a status update filed with the court in the Northern District of Illinois, which covers Chicago and suburbs and reaches into more rural parts of the state.
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