I will be presenting my research on Copyright Trolling (download the full paper from ssrn) at the Law And Society Annual Meeting today. This morning I updated my data to May 29, 2014 and created this figure to show the incredible influence of Malibu Media and a handful of other prolific pornography plaintiffs. The data is divided by quarter from Q1 2010 to the present.
Copyright Lawsuits Filed in U.S. Federal Courts 2001 – 2014
This graphs is from my forthcoming article, Copyright Trolling, An Empirical Study. The graph illustrates the effect of two separate waves of John Doe litigation. The first wave was the recording industry’s battle with filesharing technology from 2004 through 2008. The second wave began in 2010 and continues through to the present and is dominated to a remarkable degree by lawsuits relating to pornography.
There is an article in the New Yorker Online today about this phenomenon with a a closeup view of one the major plaintiffs, Malibu Media, see THE BIGGEST FILER OF COPYRIGHT LAWSUITS? THIS EROTICA WEB SITE, BY GABE FRIEDMAN . Well worth a read.