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Strike 3 Holdings LLC produces pornographic films and distributes them through the subscription sites Blacked, Vixen, and Tushy. If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably received a subpoena. Keep reading to learn more.
Your first notice of the lawsuit will probably be a notification letter from your internet service provider (Comcast, Verizon, Cox, etc.) and a subpoena from Strike 3 Holdings LLC alleging that your IP address was used to download their content online without the proper licensing fees.
If you’ve received a subpoena, Strike 3 Holdings LLC is accusing you (or someone at your IP address) of illegally downloading their adult films without paying the correct licensing fees.
How did Strike 3 Holdings LLC get my address?
Using a variety of methods, Strike 3 Holdings LLC was allegedly able to track the illegal downloads to your IP address. Armed with an 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 ISP 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 ISP 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.
What happens if I ignore the notification from my internet service provider?
If you choose to ignore your subpoena, your internet service provider will likely release your name to Strike 3 Holdings LLC’s lawyers. If Strike 3 Holdings LLC receives your name, in almost all cases they will quickly amend the complaint name in the public court documents from ‘John Doe’ to your name—and then you will be served with a court summons.
Under no circumstances should you ignore a summons.
Some clients don’t mind losing their anonymity, but your options on how to handle your Strike 3 Holdings LLC case will be limited after ignoring the subpoena and being served with a summons.
What are my options for handling my Strike 3 Holdings LLC subpoena?
To start with, here are the things you shouldn’t do:
- Don’t sign anything
- Don’t try to delete anything – this could make penalties worse
You need to decide how you want to handle your Strike 3 Holdings LLC subpoena.
The longer you wait, the fewer options you’ll have.
While you’re still known as ‘John Doe’ you have three options:
- You can anonymously resolve the case through settlement
- You can file a motion to quash
- You can fight back in court
Each of your options have been listed below, along with some of the pros and cons of each option.
As every situation is unique, we recommend consulting an experienced ISP subpoena defense law firm, such as Antonelli Law.
Settling with Strike 3 Holdings LLC
A settlement can make the situation go away faster, buys you peace of mind and, if you settle through Antonelli Law, the ability to settle and make payment anonymously.
Unfortunately, this means you will pay a settlement regardless of whether or not you believe you should have to. Many clients feel that the ability to ensure their anonymity and ending the process is worth the settlement.
If you settle your Strike 3 Holdings case through Antonelli Law, we ensure you are completely protected, even if the settlement is an anonymous one.
Strike 3 Holdings Settlement Pros:
- The case is resolved quickly
- The case is resolved anonymously from public records and, at times, is anonymous from the movie company and its attorneys as well
- We’ll ensure you (not just your IP address) are released so you can’t be sued again for other supposed download activity that happened prior to the settlement
Strike 3 Holdings Settlement Cons:
- You have to pay a settlement fee regardless of whether or not you think you should have to
Filing a Motion to Quash
We believe a motion to quash can work in certain limited circumstances, but it is a risk.
While this may seem the best option on the surface, even if you win a motion to quash the subpoena, the movie company will probably have the right to file an amended lawsuit against you. If they do file an amended lawsuit, a second motion to quash may need to be filed. The judge may or may not throw the case out of court, and it is possible the movie company may appeal the decision to the appellate court.
The circumstances of each case are unique, and Antonelli Law has been successful with multiple motions to quash and can provide advice on your case.
Motion to Quash Pros:
- The case could be thrown out for multiple reasons
- The movie company could be exposed if it was engaged in some kind of technical chicanery or unethical practices, and the case could fall apart
Motion to Quash Cons:
- You may still get sued
- You may lose your anonymity if the motion is denied
Fighting Back in Court
We have helped several clients fight back against copyright infringement claims in court. If this is the right choice for you, we are tenacious, experienced litigators who can help fight back vigorously in any federal court across the country.
- You could win the case and get damages, including legal fees
- You could lose the case and owe much more than the original settlement fee
- You could lose your anonymity
Every defendant’s circumstances are different so it’s best to discuss your situation with an experienced ISP subpoena defense law firm, such as Antonelli Law.
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