In a seemingly never-ending stream of lawsuits, Strike 3 Holdings has filed another 10 file-sharing lawsuits in Colorado. They claim that each named IP address contributed to downloading or sharing the Plaintiff’s adult films, which are marketed under the brands Vixen, Tushy, Blacked, and Blacked Raw. Strike 3 Holdings is a notorious mass-filer of copyright suits and has been described as a copyright troll by Judge Lamberth of Washington, DC, who criticized Strike 3 Holdings for conducting a “high tech shakedown” and treating the court system “as an ATM.”
But how are these Plaintiffs able to file so many lawsuits across the country? One reason is because each lawsuit is virtually identical, with only the IP address and details of the observed infringements differing. They sue each IP address as a “John Doe” and then subpoena the internet service provider (ISP) to discover the name of the subscriber. Usually the defendant first finds out about the lawsuit when they receive a notice from their ISP about the subpoena and the possibility to file a motion to quash to stop the release of their identity. It is important to begin an effective defense at this stage. Securing representation early can provide you with more options to protect your identity and how to fight the allegations.