Strike 3 Holdings v. John Doe: New York Judge Denies Request for Subpoenas


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In a dramatic turn of events, James Orenstein, Magistrate Judge from the United States District Court of New York, denied Strike 3 Holdings’ request to serve subpoenas on the internet service providers associated with specific IP addresses they are alleging downloaded their content without the appropriate licensing.

Strike 3 Holdings does not know Doe’s identity; it only knows the IP address used for the alleged illegal download and sharing of copyrighted materials using BitTorrent (an internet-based peer-to-peer file sharing technology). Strike 3 Holdings is seeking to subpoena the internet service provider as the only source that would be able to identify the subscriber of that service.

The judge notes:

Of course, Doe- the person who engaged in the allegedly infringing conduct in each case- might or might not be the same person as the subscriber of internet service associated with the IP address Strike 3 has identified. The assumption that the two are the same is tenuous, and… has grown more so over time… It is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out… the purported illegally downloading… than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call.

…“granting leave to issue subpoenas in the cases before me will do little if anything to deter future copyright violations.”

On December 13, 2018, the judge asked Strike 3 Holdings how it uses the information they are seeking to accurately identify an individual as the alleged infringer of its copyright. They responded on December 21, 2018.  The judge expressed remaining concern and asked for additional information on March 12, 2019.  Strike 3 Holdings filed a further memorandum on March 19, 2019.

In a truly surprising turn of events, the judge issued an Order denying the Strike 3 Holdings motion. He goes into his reasoning for this decision, which can be read here.

This Order technically only applies to the following case numbers in the Eastern District of New York, but its reasoning could be helpful to use in persuading other judges to do the same.


Strike 3 Holdings LLC distributes adult films through the subscription-based websites Blacked, Vixen, and Tushy. If you’ve received a subpoena, Strike 3 Holdings is accusing someone at your IP address of illegally downloading their content, most likely using file-sharing software such as BitTorrent.

Antonelli Law is experienced in defending those being sued by Strike 3 Holdings LLC, and stays up to date on the latest changes in this area of law.

We can walk you through all of your options in detail and help you devise the defense strategy best for your particular case.

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