Strike 3 Holdings LLC and Malibu Media LLC have been filing copyright infringement lawsuits for years alleging that individuals illegally downloaded their adult films without the proper licensing fees.
There have been thousands of these cases filed, but some judges appear to be growing tired of the numerous case filings.
Defendants in these cases often first receive notice that they’re being sued when they receive a letter from their internet service provider with a copy of a subpoena alerting them that Strike 3 Holdings or Malibu Media is requesting their identity.
These cases are time-sensitive and defendants often must act quickly to avoid their name being released and tied to the case publicly. Their choices usually involve settling their case, filing a motion to quash, or fighting in court.
However, more and more judges seem to have noted that these cases have become what some call “copyright trolling” and denying Strike 3 Holdings and Malibu Media their subpoena requests.
Joel Schneider, a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Camden, had previously ruled in favor of Strike 3 Holdings subpoena requests but has seemingly had a change of heart since then. On Oct. 24 he ruled that the company should not be able to file lawsuits against “John Does” identified only by their IP addresses and then obtain the subscribers’ real names by subpoenaing internet service providers. Schneider also reversed his own previous rulings granting subpoenas.
While this can be seen as a win for defendants, it does not mean that Strike 3 Holdings and Malibu Media have any plans of slowing down. Since Schneider’s ruling, Strike 3 Holdings has appealed his decision in hopes their subpoena requests will be granted.
Antonelli Law’s own Jeffery Antonelli, who has represented cases like these for years, said of the ruling;
“It shows that judges can change their minds about these cases, which is important.”
These copyright infringement lawsuits will likely continue to be filed. If you or someone you know received a notice from your ISP letting you know Strike 3 Holdings or Malibu Media is trying to obtain your name, the time to act is now.
The team at Antonelli Law has represented nearly 3,000 clients in copyright infringement cases like these and are ready to help you today.
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