Copyright Holders Celebrate Spring by Suing Hundreds of People Nationwide

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Copyright Holders Celebrate Spring by Suing Hundreds of People Nationwide

Every year, March brings with it many things – spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, and the NCAA basketball tournament – but unfortunately this year a fourth item has come forward: hundreds of BitTorrent Copyright cases filed nationwide this month alone. Most of the cases are, as usual, single Doe Malibu Media LLC cases which have been filed in California, Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full list of Malibu Media LLC filings.

In addition to the Malibu Media LLC cases, a number of cases have been filed for main-stream films as well:

  • In California, the following three single-Doe Dallas Buyer’s Club LLC Cases were filed last week:
    • 3:16-cv-01164-JSC
    • 4:16-cv-01166-DMR
    • 3:16-cv-01168-EDL
  • In Colorado, we saw filings from three different copyright holders in multi-Doe cases:
  • In Michigan, Fathers and Daughters LLC filed three additional cases in the Eastern District of Michigan against a total of 43 John Doe Defendants:
    • 4:16-cv-10785-TGB-APP
    • 2:16-cv-10910-LVP-MKM
    • 4:16-cv-10751-TGB-APP
  • New York so far in March has only seen one BitTorrent Copyright case this month, filed by QOTD Film Investment Ltd., which owns the copyright to Queen of the Desert:
    • 1:16-cv-01902-RJS
  • Washington State also saw a new filing by QOTD Film Investment Ltd., 2:16-cv-00371, as well as a Microsoft Corporation multi-Doe case, filed against 10 defendants: 2:16-cv-00328-RSM.
  • Finally, in Oregon, Elargo Holdings filed one case against a number of John Doe Defendants, 3:16-cv-431-SB.

Accountholders  who pay the internet bill at home may expect to receive a notice from their Internet Service Provider at the end of April and beginning of May. This means that if you’ve been using BitTorrent recently, you can still enjoy your office bracket pool or finish drinking your Daiquiri on the beach. However, be prepared for the potential ripple of allegedly illegal downloads to come through in the coming weeks.

Antonelli Law defends people nationwide who are sued or receive  an ISP letter informing them a subpoena for their identity was received. For immediate advice and a free initial consultation call Antonelli Law at 312-201-8310, fill out our simple contact info below, or email us at jeffrey@antonelli-law.com with a request to call you back at a time that is convenient for you. Click here for just some of our federal court co-counsel attorneys in your jurisdiction.

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List of Malibu Filings

Northern District of California

3:16-cv-00989-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00990-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00991-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00993-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00994-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00995-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00996-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00997-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00998-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01000-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01001-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01002-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01003-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01004-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01005-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01006-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01007-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01008-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01009-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01010-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01011-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01012-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01013-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01014-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01016-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01017-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01018-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-01019-WHA ND.CA            Malibu Media

3:16-cv-00599-MMA-BLM  ND.CA  Malibu Media

 

Washington, DC

1:16-cv-00429-JDB-GMH     D.DC.  Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00430-CRC   D.DC.  Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00431-RDM D.DC.  Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00432-ABJ    D.DC.  Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00433-CRC   D.DC.  Malibu Media

Maryland

8:16-cv-00639-DKC   D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00641-RDB   D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00642-TDC   D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00643-DKC   D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00644-PWG D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00645-GJH    D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00646-RDB   D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00647-JKB    D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00648-ELH   D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00649-ELH   D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00650-PWG D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00651-TDC   D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00652-WMN D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00653-PJM    D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00655-GJH    D.MD. Malibu Media

8:16-cv-00656-RWT D.MD. Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00657-MJG   D.MD. Malibu Media

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

2:16-cv-01045-RK      ED.PA.       Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01046-CDJ    ED.PA.      Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01051-NIQA   ED.PA.    Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01056-MSG   ED.PA.      Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01055-JD       ED.PA.       Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01052-GEKP ED.PA.      Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01054-MSG   ED.PA.      Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01053-TJS     ED.PA.       Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01047-NIQA   ED.PA.   Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01057-GEKP ED.PA.     Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01048-CMR ED.PA.       Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01058-ER  ED.PA.           Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01050-MMB ED.PA.     Malibu Media

2:16-cv-01049-CMR ED.PA.      Malibu Media


Eastern District of Virginia

1:16-cv-00252-AJT-MSN      ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00251-GBL-TCB      ED.VA.            Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00253-GBL-IDD       ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00254-CMH-JFA      ED.VA.          Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00249-CMH-JFA      ED.VA.          Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00245-LO-JFA          ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00246-TSE-TCB       ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00248-TSE-MSN      ED.VA.          Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00247-TSE-IDD        ED.VA.          Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00250-CMH-IDD      ED.VA.        Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00256-GBL-MSN     ED.VA.          Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00257-AJT-JFA        ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00258-LO-TCB         ED.VA.           Malibu Media

1:16-cv-00255-TSE-TCB       ED.VA.           Malibu Media

Malibu Media LLC California cases are the most recent phenomenon. Malibu Media LLC Maryland, Malibu Media LLC Washington DC, and Malibu Media LLC Virginia are resurging after some time off.

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New Copyright Holder Targeting Oregon

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New Copyright Holder Targeting Oregon

Elargo Holdings LLC filed a lawsuit against several John Doe defendants in Oregon. The lawsuit claims the defendants illegally downloaded the copyrighted movie “Close Range.” The movie stars Scott Adkins and Nick Chinlund in a film about a soldier protecting his family from a corrupt sheriff and a drug cartel.

To date, Elargo Holdings LLC has only filed a lawsuit in the District of Oregon. Attorney Carl Crowell represents the plaintiff.

As in similar BitTorrent file sharing cases, Elargo Holdings LLC claims the defendants committed copyright infringement by file sharing the movie using BitTorrent software without paying the appropriate license fee.

If you are targeted and receive a letter from your ISP notifying you a subpoena was received to reveal your identity, there are several options. One option may be to ignore the letter (NEVER ignore being served with summons. Immediately consult with an attorney if you are served with a summons). Other options include fighting and defending yourself in court, settling anonymously through an attorney, or filing a motion to quash. The usual caveats about motions to quash still apply. For more information about whether you should consider a motion to quash, read our previous article: http://antonelli-law.com/Motions_to_Quash.php

Antonelli Law can help you nationwide if you have received an ISP letter informing you a subpoena for your identity was received, or if you are served with a summons or waiver of service.

For immediate advice and a free initial consultation call Antonelli Law at 312-201-8310, fill out our simple contact info below, or email us at jeffrey@antonelli-law.com with a request to call you back at a time that is convenient for you. We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you. Attorney referrals accepted.

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Think Twice Before Downloading that “Free” File

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Think Twice Before Downloading that “Free” File

When was the last time you received something for free? Was it a water bottle with a logo prominently displayed on the side? Was it an app you downloaded without paying any money, but every time you load it, a ten second advertisement plays? Even library books aren’t “free” – they’re paid for with tax dollars.

There is an economic phrase that can be used to describe this exchange:  “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” (link: ) (See generally, Milton Friedman). The idea behind this term is that no one receives som for nothing. The legend goes that originally, bar patrons were given “free” lunches if they bought beer- but the food was salty enough that patrons were encouraged to buy more beer.

Most of the time, we are willing to receive “free” items from manufacturers or advertisers because we believe that the exchange doesn’t cost too much. However, in the case of BitTorrenting, that “free” movie being downloaded could come with a nasty bill in a month or two: in the form of a settlement demand letter or federal copyright lawsuit summons!

When watching movies and television online, think about this exchange – what are you trading in exchange for the show? Is it your time – watching advertisements – if you’re streaming a recent episode of “The Bachelor” on ABC’s website? Is it a few dollars every month to Netflix? Or, is it the potential for a copyright infringement lawsuit to knock on your door?

Although torrenting sites like Popcorn time (which I wrote about last summer – link ) say their content is “free,” think about the consequences of hitting that “download” button. What is the potential cost to going through this “backdoor” method? To me, the potential for a federal lawsuit is not worth it.

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Comcast Sending Subpoena Notices re PTG Nevada LLC Lawsuit

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Comcast Sending Subpoena Notices re PTG Nevada LLC Lawsuit

This week many northern Illinois Comcast internet subscribers are receiving notices by mail informing them a subpoena  from a federal copyright lawsuit was received by Comcast to reveal their identity. This lawsuit was filed by PTG Nevada LLC alleging that hundreds of people illegally downloaded the film “Pay The Ghost” featuring  Nicholas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies. Use of the BitTorrent software protocol or similar P2P file-sharing software is alleged to have been used.

Now is the time to research and decide whether you want to fight the lawsuit, settle anonymously through an attorney, file a motion to quash the subpoena (aka “vacate” the subpoena), or even to ignore the letter and any following settlement demand letters the lawyers representing PTG Nevada LLC may mail you. Important note: NEVER ignore being served with summons! Immediately consult with an attorney.  Please read the following FAQs or caveats regarding filing motions to quash. 

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For immediate advice and a free initial consultation call attorney Antonelli Law at 312-201-8310 or fill out our simple contact page or email us with a request to call you back at a time that is convenient for you. We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you. Attorney referrals accepted.

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More Information on Defending These Lawsuits

A recent law article on the rise of “John Doe” lawsuits alleging BitTorrent copyright infringement can be found here for more information. Additionally, several blogs can be helpful for those dealing with this kind of lawsuit for the first time: fightcopyrighttrolls.com and dietrolldie.com. Both bloggers offer information and advice resulting from their being wrongfully accused of BitTorrent copyright infringement. Neither of those bloggers are lawyers and do not offer legal advice, but can be extremely good resources if you are feeling panicked.

The following are case docket numbers of the PTG Nevada LLC lawsuits filed in the Northern Illinois District Court:

District Court of Illinois

PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-34 1:16-cv-01611
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-25 1:16-cv-01614
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-24 1:16-cv-01621
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-26 1:16-cv-01624
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-22 1:16-cv-01628
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-28 1:16-cv-01633
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-25 1:16-cv-01637
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-31 1:16-cv-01645
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-29 1:16-cv-01651
PTG Nevada LLC v. Does 1-25 1:16-cv-01655

 

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