“No Agenda” show about copyright trolling: “It’s a complete Mafioso operation!”

Posted: May 27, 2012 by SJD in Lipscomb, Press, XArt
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No Agenda fragment about XArt

One of the most recent episodes of “No Agenda,” a popular podcast show, discussed, among other things, the copyright trolling phenomenon. One of two show hosts, Adam Curry, told the story about x-art.com (Malibu Media) and its owner, Adam’s former colleague, Brigham Field and his relations with “mobster” lawyers.

Apparently, it was the first time Adam heard about this legal plague. However, he (as any person who was taught the difference between good and bad by his parents) immediately recognized that it is nothing else but a “Mafioso operation” and that this “business” is ethically wrong no matter how lucrative it is.

There is an interesting bit: the porn purveyor gets only 10% of the collections. Seemingly, Brigham Field and his wife Colette are not really on top of what is going on and simply receives checks from the trolls who use his copyrights to harass citizens into paying ransoms. News outlets, when talking about these cases, often name plaintiffs, but barely mention troll lawyers (and sometimes do not mention them at all). However, such a small cut of the loot a pornographer receives leaves no room for speculation who is the boss.

In addition, Adam mentioned that “they stopped doing this because they thought it is inherently wrong.” I’m not sure if he meant x-art/Malibu Media by “they” at this point: Malibu Media still actively files mass lawsuits across the country; in 2012 alone copyright trolls have filed 144 cases in 11 districts against more than 2000 Does on behalf of Malibu Media (between 2/08/12 and 5/24/12; that’s almost 2 troll cases per working day filed nationwide!)

“No Agenda” has about half a million listeners, so it is great that so many people became aware of the ongoing scam.

I remixed only relevant 7 minutes of the episode for this post, but I encourage you to visit “No Agenda” website: listen to their podcasts and contribute.


Thanks to commenters who spotted this news last week, and of course to Adam Curry and John Dvorak.

  1. Pissedoffjohndoe says:

    Wow. They actually sent summons to all 14 of the does. Not the best news.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s not bad news either though. Nothing has changed, the trolls still don’t have a case unless these 14 does admitted guilt. It seems more like a move to gain credibility with the judge, this doesn’t mean these cases wont still be dismissed, but now he can at least say that defendants have been served. The trolls have got to try something drastic, they’ve been losing on a lot of fronts lately.

  3. Raul says:

    No worries, it is s bureacratic snafu, the summons were automatically generated in the name of “John Doe” not in the name of any particular person.

  4. doecumb says:

    Malibu Media is the porn purveyor plaintiff for 144 copyright troll cases between 2/08/12 and 5/24/12. That’s almost 2 troll cases per working day filed nationwide only for Malibu Media!

    case list by attorney:

    M. Keith Lipscomb/Lipscomb Eisenberg & Baker (17 cases)
    Jason A. Kotzker of Kotzker Law Group (45 cases)
    Leemore L Kushner of Kushner Law Group (35 cases, none in Calif. northern)
    Jon A. Hoppe of Maddox Hoppe Hoofnagle & Hafey (22 cases)
    Christopher P. Fiore of Fiore & Barber (17 cases)
    David Wayne O’Bryan of O’Bryan Law Firm (8 cases)

  5. that anonymous coward says:

    I think a disconnect that is happening is the 10%. I wonder if its actually being “sold” as them only getting 10%, or rather the trolls are telling the clients –
    This is gonna cost you nothing out of pocket and each one we catch gets you $350.
    This could explain why the porn companies are gunho on this. To them it looks like a small amount that wouldn’t shock anyone, and who isn’t going to pay $350 because they got caught. They don’t question the validity of the IP gathering, they are told its airtight. They assume each case is only for a small amount, and if they find out else-wise its to late. The money is rolling in, and rather than have to look at cutting costs or trying a new business model they can just keep doing it how they used to.

  6. Sword of Damocles says:

    I wonder if anyone has thought to reverse the forensic evidence test — that is, get a court order to rifle the porn producers’ and Prenda et al’s own servers. I bet they would (a) find amazingly damning material there and (b) muck up the extortion racket’s operations for at least as long as they were poking around inside the machines’ innards. I would be happy to underwrite someone’s forensic adventures, just to see what pus they might squeeze out of these torture machines.

    The porn producers’ servers would be especially revealing, especially the drug sessions and the kiddie porn files normally kept under lock and key. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander: the whole lot of them may be culpable for conspiracy to molest underage kids. Think about that when you’re planning your defense strategies.

    Or maybe some decent citizen will finance an expeditionary force and do it wholesale, like the sociopaths do, smoke out the hive and then smash them with the full force of public opinion.

    Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that Mr. Steele’s remarks resemble those of de Sade? Wait, not all at once! Reading his fascinating self-revelations, I feel like I’m watching Nosferatu, the first film vampire, but without the cool.

  7. Sword of Damocles says:

    PS A lot of Czech girls are victims of trading in sex slaves. You’d think the US government that sets the stage for troll extortions would be equally attentive to the status of the women used as bait in these mafiosi schemes. Are any US Attorneys listening? Why are you just sitting there?

  8. […] sleazy, error-ridden, unethical, and, in some instances, illegal moneymaking conspiracy, sometimes compared to a Mafioso […]

  9. anonymous says:

    According to PACER, Malibu has filed 238 cases, that a lot of cases in less than six months.

  10. […] is only one plaintiff in this case — Malibu Media, represented by a veteran PA troll Christopher Fiore, but this is obviously enough to conduct a […]

  11. […] troll extortion outfit comprised of its “boss” Keith M. Lipscomb, a jaded pornographer Brigham Field (Malibu Media), and Lipscomb’s local Colorado puppet Jason Aaron Kotzker. An update to this story […]

  12. […] last Grand Bluff with dozens of individual suits filed by local orcs across the country¹, other Mafioso families are not that […]

  13. […] is considered outside the norm, and anything approaching 40-50% is a big problem. If it is really a 9:1 contingency, it would not only be obviously unethical (and the judge would report it to the state bar), but it […]

  14. […] Different significant bad actors, including the apparent plaintiffs, are getting more like 10% shares. The number of Does allegations is much more than 10,000. Roughly half of Does have been settling, […]

  15. […] as Keith Lipscomb, who has been able to milk Brigham Field and Colette Leah on a massive scale, giving them only a 10% cut of the settlement ransom money and keeping the rest. Prenda’s “real” clients wanted their […]

  16. […] the meantime, attorney Morgan Pietz, who essentially orchestrated the funeral of Malibu Media’s extortion business in Central California, turned his attention to Prenda and filed a Notice of Related Cases, noting […]

  17. […] must be notified about this event, as I do not believe that Nicoletti acted on his own accord: the Mafioso clan’s “godfather” Keith Lipscomb, if was not the initiator of this particular swindle, at […]

  18. […] to find a somewhat talented, but not-so-smart porn producer, Brigham Field, who is happy to receive his 10% cut. Usually producers want […]

  19. “No Agenda” show about copyright trolling: is the file MIA? says:

    is this file missing or is it a connection issue?

    the embedded player states “file not found”

    and the “Download this fragment.” states: “The connection has timed out The server at […] is taking too long to respond.”

  20. […] “Malibu Media” is an alternative name of a hardcore pornography producer X-Art owned by Brigham Field and Colette Pelissier. This “company” was created by Lipscomb and jaded, soulless pornographers with a sole goal of […]

  21. […] extended his sincere apologies and even offered some compensation for Mr. Pelizzo’s troubles (his jaded “clients” Brigham Field and Colette Pelissier undoubtedly could afford a face-saving gesture). […]

  22. […] sound files on fightcopyrighttrolls.com are broken, I started moving all the sounds to @soundcloud fightcopyrighttrolls.com/2012/05/27/no-… […]

  23. […] did not forget about Lipscomb’s “client” — X-Art. The second part (Memorandum in Support: the same file, p. 12) questions the […]

  24. […] effort is telling: they have a lot of dirty laundry to hide — from German “experts” to ransom revenue sharing and employment and 2257 records. I hope in 2014 the crooks will be compelled by courts to reveal […]

  25. […] lawyers. Plaintiffs are at the bottom of the food chain. Indeed, a popular radio host Adam Curry claims that X-Art’s owner Brigham Field admitted that he receives only 10% cut of the extortion […]

  26. […] truths can essentially end the trolling enterprise. Specifically, it is very plausible that, being paid only a 10% cut, the plaintiff is not actually interested in recovering “damages” caused by piracy, and the […]

  27. […] don’t let us make easy money. We are above such laws. But if a law allows us to easily extract, Mafioso-style, undeserved money from hardworking families, such law is […]

  28. […] Sheer hypocrisy of a simple mind | Fight Copyright Trolls on “No Agenda” show about copyright trolling: “It’s a complete Mafioso operation!” […]

  29. […] or Lipscomb pays “plaintiff” only a small amount of the proceeds. The latter possibility was suggested by Adam Curry, a well-known radio show host from […]

  30. […] will soon realize that Malibu Media is not a “client” in the common sense of this word, but a co-conspirator in an industrial-scale settlement extraction enterprise. This “client” does not need your […]

  31. […] compare this business model to Mafia’s, and indeed there are obvious parallels: any Mafia parasitizes on […]

  32. […] Germans (or, more precisely, a confirmation that the Germans steer the lawsuits) and 2) allegedly low percentage of the settlement proceeds that the nominal plaintiff X-Art […]

  33. […] “investigators” are not being paid on contingency; it is them who pay lawyers and plaintiffs a fraction of the settlement proceeds. Just think about it: all this copyright law abuse, fraud, misery, […]

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