Strike 3 Holdings LLC is filing John Doe lawsuits accusing internet users of illegally downloading their videos through file-sharing services such as BitTorrent.
According to a recent article in natlawreview.com, over 2,700 more copyright infringement lawsuits were filed in the U.S. federal courts in 2018 vs. 2017. A large portion of that increase was due to pornography studios, such as Strike 3 Holdings LLC.
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What is BitTorrent, and what does it have to do with my Strike 3 Holdings lawsuit?
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol that allows users to easily and quickly exchange large amounts of data.
According to the article:
“Unlike other download methods, BitTorrent maximizes transfer speed by gathering pieces of the file users want and downloading these pieces simultaneously from people who already have them. Moreover, once a user downloads the pieces, which together combine to create the complete video, the protocol shares them with other users downloading the same content. Thereby, users who download videos using BitTorrent are also inadvertently sharing and distributing that content with other users.”
Strike 3 Holdings v. John Doe: How did Strike 3 Holdings find me from BitTorrent?
Strike 3 Holdings uses third party forensic internet investigators which allegedly can track the illegal downloads to your IP address. Armed with your IP address, Strike 3 Holdings LLC was able to figure out who your internet service provider (ISP) is.
With these two pieces of information, Strike 3 Holdings LLC filed a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement and asked a judge for permission to send a subpoena to your internet service provider (Comcast, Cox, Charter, Verizon, etc.) to reveal your name and address.
Before your internet service provider releases your name and address, they send the subpoena notification to you.
At this point, you are still anonymous and identified as ‘John Doe’. Now that your internet provider has sent you a notification and a copy of the subpoena, you need to decide how you want to handle the case. Typically, you have 30 days or less from the time you receive this notification.
The article continues:
Because these plaintiffs have accounted for a sizable portion of all copyright cases filed in the United States last year, Judges have referred to these studio plaintiffs as “copyright trolls” —owners of valid copyrights who bring cookie-cutter infringement actions “not to be made whole, but rather as a primary or supplemental revenue stream.”
What are my options for my Strike 3 Holdings LLC subpoena?
While you’re still known as ‘John Doe’ you have three options:
1. You can anonymously resolve the case through settlement
2. You can file a motion to quash
3. You can fight back in court
You should also make sure you:
- Don’t sign anything
- Don’t try to delete anything – this could make penalties worse
The longer you wait, the fewer options you’ll have.
You need to decide how you want to handle your Strike 3 Holdings subpoena.
Every defendant’s circumstances are unique so it’s best to discuss your situation with an experienced ISP subpoena defense law firm, such as Antonelli Law.
This is a federal case and we work with clients nationwide.
Contact us today at 312-201-8310 to set up your free consultation regarding your Strike 3 Holdings LLC subpoena.