Although it appeared that Strike 3 Holdings was slowing down how many Federal lawsuits it was filing, it’s actually increasing the speed at which it is trying to discover identities of internet subscribers it alleges have downloaded its films through BitTorrent networks. From November 20, 2019 to January 27, Strike 3 requested the identities of more than 300 subscribers.
Strike 3 owns the rights to Vixen, Tushy, and Blacked branded adult films. It hires investigators to monitor BitTorrent traffic and record IP addresses that download and share its films. Previously, it filed Federal lawsuits against the IP addresses, looking for a settlement in order to dismiss the case. However, each case filing was at the cost of $400 in court fees alone. It would have cost more than $120,000 in filing fees alone.
Now, it’s been filing cases in Florida’s Miami-Dade county court for a Bill of Pure Discovery – a way to ask for subpoenas for the identities of dozens of people at once, with very little court oversight.
This is when most people become aware of the case against them. They receive a notice from their Internet Service Provider (e.g., AT&T, Comcast, Frontier, Optimum Online, Spectrum, etc.) stating that Strike 3 has subpoenaed the account holder’s identity. The notice will often state that the subscriber may file a Motion to Quash in order to block the subpoena.
If you have received one of these notices, please call us for more information. These cases are serious. Statutory copyright infringement damages are often calculated at $2,250 per infringement. We have experience defending against these new tactics and will be able to help explain what the case means, your options for defense, and recommend the best path forward for you.