Strike 3 Holdings has filed 234 new Federal copyright infringement lawsuits across the country since mid-May, including in California (75 cases), Connecticut (3 cases), Florida (7 cases), Illinois (1 case), Maryland (27 cases), New Jersey (36 cases), New York (49 cases), Pennsylvania (17 cases), and Virginia (18 cases).
Each case is nearly identical. Strike 3 alleges that their investigators have recorded an IP address downloading Vixen, Tushy, and/or Blacked films through BitTorrent networks, and are now suing the internet subscribers for copyright infringement. Statutory damages are a minimum of $750 per infringement, which the Plaintiff can argue should be increased for “willful” infringement. Given that each case involves dozens, if not hundreds, of alleged infringements, even minimum damages can still be tens of thousands of dollars.
Many of these cases represent an internet subscriber that has fought against Strike 3’s original subpoena in Miami-Dade county court. Although Strike 3 initially dismisses this defendant from their complaint, they soon file a lawsuit in Federal court for a second subpoena. This time, the case is usually filed in the correct court, making another Motion to Quash a more complicated matter.
Strike 3 is notoriously aggressive in their pursuit of these cases. If you’ve received a notice from your internet service provider, such as Comcast, Frontier Communications, Optimum Online, RCN, Spectrum, or Webpass, please contact me. I can explain you options for defense and recommend the best way forward for your situation.