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Porn studio Malibu Media has filed more than 4,300 lawsuits over Internet piracy since 2009, making it the most litigious copyright holder in the nation. The lawsuits accuse users at particular IP addresses of downloading Malibu’s movies via BitTorrent. Malibu can only get contact information for the defendants from ISPs, who know which subscriber holds which IP address at any given time.
Now one big ISP, Verizon, is apparently tired of the dragnet tactics being used by Malibu Media and its attorneys. On Monday, Verizon filed a motion to quash (PDF) Malibu’s newest subpoena, calling it an overreach that threatens Verizon’s ability to, among other things, help law enforcement with their subpoenas.
In the motion, Verizon describes Malibu’s practice of suing thousands of people for alleged copyright violations. The cases follow a “common arc,” Verizon lawyers explain, quoting another case:
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