Indiana defendants fight back in porn copyright cases

HAMMOND, Ind. - Defendants in copyright infringement lawsuits filed in federal court in northern Indiana are accusing the California plaintiff of using the threat of embarrassment to get them to pay thousands of dollars.

Malibu Media charges the 56 defendants with illegally downloading pornographic videos it produced. But a Hobart, Ind., man named in one of the lawsuits has filed a counterclaim alleging that the company makes it easy to download videos by not encrypting them. He also contends Malibu makes its money from litigation instead of from product sales.

The Post-Tribune reports Malibu has filed more than 2,000 copyright infringement lawsuits across the country since February 2011.

Malibu officials say the number of lawsuits is small compared with the hundreds of thousands of people they claim illegally download their movies.
 

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