If You’ve Received a Notice from Strike 3 Holdings – Read This
Twenty more households across Illinois, Maryland, and Michigan will be receiving a notice from their Internet Service Provider (e.g., AT&T, Charter/Spectrum, XFinity/Comcast, Verizon, etc.) telling them that Strike 3 Holdings has subpoenaed the internet subscriber’s identity. Who is Strike 3 Holdings? Why do they want your identity? If they file so many cases, can the lawsuits just be ignored?
Strike 3 Holdings owns the rights to the adult film brands Vixen, Tushy, and Blacked. They are notorious for mass-filing lawsuits across the company that allege investigators observed an IP address downloading and sharing the company’s films on BitTorrent networks. Strike 3 Holdings then sues the IP address for copyright infringement.
However, an IP address is merely a unique identifier for an internet connection. In order to find the proper defendant (that is the person that downloaded the files), the Plaintiff subpoenas the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the subscriber’s identity. Although many judges acknowledge that the subscriber may not be the person who committed the alleged infringements, courts across the country have rubber stamped Strike 3 Holdings’ efforts to identify someone willing to pay a settlement in order to make the lawsuit go away.
Most subscribers find out about the case when they receive a notice from their ISP. The ISP is obligated to comply with the subpoena unless a Motion to Quash is filed. This is a court motion to void or “quash” the subpoena. However, Motions to Quash are complex in these cases as the subpoena is between the Plaintiff and the ISP, meaning the subscriber is a third party. I’m happy to discuss with you whether filing a Motion to Quash or alternative motions is advisable in your case.
For more information on what these lawsuits mean for internet subscribers, please check out our FAQ section.
Although Strike 3 Holdings files thousands of these lawsuits, they are highly motivated to pursue anyone they believe can pay a settlement. Ignoring theses cases is dangerous. If a subscriber fails to respond after they have been served, Strike 3 Holdings can ask for a default judgement (where the court accepts the facts of the complaint as true) and can award thousands of dollars in damages per infringement.
If you’ve received one of these notices or have been served, it’s vital to retain counsel without delay. There are court-imposed timelines that must be adhered to in order to defend yourself. This Plaintiff is notoriously aggressive and an effective defense can help secure the best possible outcome for you.