Strike 3 Holdings, one of the most prolific filers of copyright infringement cases, has been increasing the rate they file Federal copyright complaints, filing 139 in September alone. The cases are spread across the country, including California (13 cases), the District of Columbia (2 cases), Maryland (21 cases), New Jersey (18 cases), New York (54 cases), Pennsylvania (16 cases), and Virginia (15 cases).
The reason they can file so quickly is because 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. The usually sue for dozens of infringements, with each worth a minimum of $750 in damages, which the Plaintiff can argue should be tripled for “willful” infringement. Even if only granted minimal damages, a defendant could be liable for tens of thousands of dollars if they don’t mount an effective defense.
Many of these cases represent an internet subscriber that has fought against Strike 3’s original subpoena in Miami-Dade county court through a Motion to Quash. 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 your options for defense and recommend the best way forward for your situation.