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Porn Downloads Spark Widespread Lawsuits

Publication Date: 
October 09, 2011
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Howard Mintz

Professor Mark Lemley is quoted by Howard Mintz in the below Los Angeles Times article on the recent surge in copyright lawsuits over porn piracy and how the suits may make people think twice before they download porn.

In mid-July, Yolanda P. opened her mailbox in Visalia to find a letter that has been landing in tens of thousands of mailboxes across the country: She was being sued by an adult film company that said she had illegally downloaded porn on her computer.

These allegations of porn piracy are now part of a torrent of legal battles unfolding coast to coast in an explosion of copyright lawsuits filed over the last year. From Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., adult filmmakers are unleashing their lawyers in federal courts to sue John and Jane Does for allegedly stealing porn and sharing it on an increasingly porn-happy Internet.

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Mark Lemley, director of Stanford University's Law, Science and Technology program, said: With the porn industry's lawsuits, "people are going to think twice about doing this."