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Strike 3 File Sharing Updates - July 2022
Strike 3 Holdings, LLC is a pornographic film studio that produces adult films under the brands Tushy, Vixen, and Blacked. The company has filed thousands of lawsuits in the United States for copyright infringement and has been dubbed the "pornographic copyright troll". The lawsuits are typically filed against anonymous individuals who are accused of illegally downloading and sharing Strike 3's films through file-sharing platforms such as BitTorrent. In most cases, the defendants do not contest the claims and are ordered to pay a settlement of several thousand dollars (we have seen demands as high as $50,000). However, some defendants have chosen to fight back, claiming that Strike 3's lawsuits cannot be proven. The outcome of these cases will likely have a significant impact on the future of copyright law in the United States.
How many lawsuits has Strike3 filed?
Strike 3 Holdings has filed lawsuits against more than 2,000 individuals for allegedly infringing on its copyrighted material. The lawsuits, which were filed in federal court in California, alleging that the defendants used file-sharing platforms to illegally download and distribute Strike 3's content. If found liable, the defendants could be liable for significant damages. In a statement, Strike 3's CEO said that the company is "committed to protecting our intellectual property and taking action against those who violate our copyrights." He added that the lawsuits are "a necessary step to deter future infringement."
Will my information be kept confidential?
If you move quickly to settle your case anonymously, yes, typically the case will be settled without your name and address being disclosed, or your employer finding out. In other cases, we need to disclose your information and submit evidence of financial hardship (credit card bills, student loan debt, two years' tax returns, and 6 months' bank statements).
What is a John Doe Defendant?
See our video section below.
What are the new cases?
We are seeing many new cases being filed across the country including in states like California
Cause of action alleged: 17 U.S.C. § 101 [Copyright Infringement]
Potential Damages: Up to $150,000 per infringed video title [if "willful infringement" is proven]
Burden of Proof: is on the Plaintiff [click to see our video]
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Copyright Statute of Limitations: Generally three years (but there can be "tolling")
Settlements: Depend on a wide variety of factors. Some of it has to do with geo-location. Typical settlements are $7,500 to $25,000 but each case is different.
CALIFORNIA EASTERN DISTRICT COPYRIGHT CASES
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 126.96.36.199 \ Case number 2:2022cv01182
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 188.8.131.52 \ Case number 2:22cv1185
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 184.108.40.206. \ Case number 2:2022cv01184
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 220.127.116.11 \ Case number 2:2022cv01178
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 18.104.22.168 \ Case number 2:2022cv01183
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 22.214.171.124 \ Case number 2:2022cv01181
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 126.96.36.199 \ Case number 2:2022cv01180
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 188.8.131.52 \ Case number 2:2022cv01179
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 184.108.40.206 \ Case number 2:2022cv01176
CALIFORNIA CENTRAL DISTRICT COPYRIGHT CASES
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 220.127.116.11 \ Case number 2:2022cv04634
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 18.104.22.168 \ Case number 2:2022cv04634
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 22.214.171.124 \ Case number 2:2022cv04598
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 126.96.36.199 \ Case number 2:2022cv04601
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 188.8.131.52 \ Case number 2:2022cv04597
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 184.108.40.206 \ Case number 2:2022cv04604
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 220.127.116.11 \ Case number 2:2022cv04603
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 18.104.22.168 \ Case number 5:2022cv01126
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 22.214.171.124 \ Case number 5:2022cv01141
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 126.96.36.199
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 188.8.131.52 \ Case number 5:2022cv01137
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 184.108.40.206 \ Case number 5:2022cv01143
John Doe subscriber assigned IP address 220.127.116.11 \ Case number 5:2022cv01125
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 18.104.22.168 \ Case number 8:2022cv01275
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 22.214.171.124 \ Case number 8:2022cv01276
John Doe Subscriber Assigned Ip Address 126.96.36.199 \ Case number 8:2022cv01277
CALIFORNIA NORTHERN DISTRICT STRIKE 3 COPYRIGHT FILINGS
John Doe subscriber assigned IP address 188.8.131.52 \ 3:2022cv04003
John Doe subscriber assigned IP address 184.108.40.206 \ Case number 8:2022cv01277
Should I hire an out-of-state lawyer for my Strike 3 case?
There are some Torrent law firms that claim to be "nationwide" while having no physical office in California. We have offices in San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Diego, Newport Beach, and Phoenix, Arizona.
We are suing two such firms right now (from Illinois and Texas respectively) on another matter related to trying to lift one of my domains in a UDRP proceeding.
The problem with hiring a non-local firm is they are not in the best position to defend your case in court. In most cases, you are involved in a federal court lawsuit in California. It doesn't make sense to hire a firm from Illinois, Texas, New York, or Florida to help you with a case in California. For example, what happens if the judge calls the attorney in for a personal appearance? This can create a problem. If you are being sued, it is best to be represented by a California copyright law firm such as ours, especially given the vast litigation experience we have, that no other firm can credibly compare with us. Here is a screenshot from LexMachina that shows our prowess in this area.
BitTorrent Videos to know
Here are some bonus videos you can watch to get a better understanding of the Torrent Lawsuit Defense process:
1. Overview of Torrent Lawsuits: https://youtu.be/rc4OROnuWAM
2. Strike 3 Settlement Factors: https://youtu.be/hlJBuGDjGD8
3. Default vs. Default Judgment: https://youtu.be/LNsyo8Lpods
4. What is a "John Doe Defendant?": https://youtu.be/Ll-tlL1lJFA
5. Copyright infringement damages: https://youtu.be/LJxTTcDuhzs
Sample Case Brief
Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe, Subscriber Assigned IP Address 220.127.116.11 United States District Court for the District of Columbia 2018 WL 385418 (2018)
Facts: Strike 3 Holdings, LLC (“Strike 3”) is a film production and distribution company that owns and produces adult films. Strike 3 identified the defendant as the user of an internet protocol address (“IP address”) located in the District of Columbia that had accessed and downloaded Strike 3's copyrighted films without authorization. Strike 3 brought a copyright infringement action against the defendant, identified only as the “Doe” subscriber assigned IP address 18.104.22.168, in the District of Columbia.
Issue: Whether Strike 3 had standing to pursue its copyright infringement action against the Doe defendant identified only as the “Doe” subscriber assigned IP address 22.214.171.124.
Holding: The court held that Strike 3 had standing to pursue its copyright infringement action against the Doe defendant identified only as the “Doe” subscriber assigned IP address 126.96.36.199.
Reasoning: The court reasoned that Strike 3 had standing to pursue its copyright infringement action because it had established a prima facie case of copyright infringement by demonstrating that the IP address in question had been used to access and download its copyrighted films without authorization. Furthermore, the court reasoned that Strike 3 had also established a reasonable basis to infer that the Doe defendant was the owner or authorized user of the IP address in question. Thus, the court concluded that Strike 3 had standing to pursue its copyright infringement action.
If you are dealing with a Strike 3 case or received a subpoena from your ISP (such as Cox, AT&T, Verizon, or others), call us for more details at (877) 276-5084. The main law firms you may be dealing with are Jackie James firm (NY), Beik Law, and Bandlow Law Firm (CA). You can check out our Avvo reviews here.
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