Analysis

As 'John Doe' Copyright Cases Spike, Judges Push Back

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 5:23 PM EDT) -- A surge in file-sharing cases from porn studios and others led to a spike in new copyright lawsuits in 2018, but the past year has also seen judges around the country attack key aspects of those cases.

A total of 6,515 copyright infringement lawsuits were filed in federal court in 2018, according to data compiled by Lex Machina, up from just 3,778 the year prior and eclipsing even the 5,333 filed in 2015. The rise was driven by a jump in cases filed against John Doe internet downloaders, which ballooned to 3,474 from 1,022 the year before.

Filed mostly by pornography...

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