The new year has brought an uptick in new copyright litigation filed against anonymous internet users, with over 442 new “John Doe” copyright lawsuits filed since the Jan 1st .
John Doe copyright lawsuits accounted for 716 of 3680 new copyright filings for the entire Federal Circuit in 2017, representing approximately 20% of all new copyright litigation.
The new Plaintiff, Strike 3 Holdings, alleges violations involving adult videos. This is their first round of lawsuits in New York.
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, protracted, and expensive, 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.; I also 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.