The new year has brought an uptick in new copyright litigation filed against anonymous internet users, usually because of the online nature of the infringement.
John Doe copyright lawsuits represent 320 of 793 new filings for the entire Federal Circuit.
Two Plaintiffs, Malibu Media and ME2 Productions, are responsible for over 35% of the new cases, with ME2 Productions filing 80 alone.
The online nature of the alleged infringement presents a challenge to defendants wishing to put forth a full legal defense. Defendants often find the litigation to more complicated and protracted than a simple case of file-sharing would initially seem.
The United States has seen a rise in this kind of litigation as more and more Plaintiffs learn how to monetize allegations of online copyright infringement.
Defendants’ first notice of a case is usually a Letter from their Internet Service Provider notifying them that the Plaintiff is seeking their identity. If the case is not resolved there, the Plaintiff usually serves the Defendant with a Summons to respond in Federal District court.
If you have received a notice in one of these cases, please don’t hesitate to call me immediately at 888.801.8681. If calling after-hours, please leave a message; I do return calls after-hours.
I have a ton of experience defending file-sharing lawsuits and can help you achieve the best outcome possible. I have defeated several copyright plaintiffs in lawsuits around the U.S. and I fought Malibu Media in their first trial. I’ve represented over 600 defendants in both settling and litigating file-sharing lawsuits. I’ve written a subpoena defense guide for your information, as well.
I look forward to speaking with you and helping you put this matter behind you. Please don’t hesitate to call. 888.801.8681.