Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bittorrent Copyright Litigation Comes to Seattle

Well, I knew it was too good to be true. Until recently, despite all of the copyright troll cases that have been filed around the country, Seattle has remained relatively unscathed. I've gotten quite a large number of calls from individuals who have received the various ISP letters or actual settlement demand letters. I have even been able to help some of them avoid copyright liability all together (see order below).

That said, very, very few of the cases I've dealt with were actually filed in Seattle. Now, all that appears to be changing. Seattle, we can't avoid the copyright trolls anymore.

Just recently, a local Seattle attorney has begun filing numerous copyright cases here against "Does" for allegedly downloading "The Divide," some B-movie that no one probably ever heard about until they got sued over it. We'll see where this goes, but based on a quote from the plaintiff's attorney that showed up on the local news site, it sounds like the conventional extortion model:

"It would probably be more expensive to go ahead and fight this rather than take a nominal settlement and just make this go away," said Richard Symmes, plaintiff's attorney.

Where have we all heard that before? Here is a list of the cases that were filed so far this year:

Cases Filed In The Western District Of Washington, Seattle Division:
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-46 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00050)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-45 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00051)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-41 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00052)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-22 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00053)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-51 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00054)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-50 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00055)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-44 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00056)
R&D Film 1 LLC v. Does 1-16 (Case No. 2:13-cv-00057)