Sunday, March 10, 2013

It's On!

The March 11 Prenda hearing is tomorrow. I'm heading down to watch the fireworks and see exactly how Judge Wright responds to John Steele and his crew not being there after being ordered to appear.

I'll try to post updates as the day goes on.

[UPDATE] Fail. Well, at the last second I had to bail out of the trip. I'm going to trial in a week and about ten other things came up that caused me to back out of the trip this morning, especially with the latest developments. I can't express how eager I was to watch this hearing, but my workload coupled with the last-second effort by Steele et al to try and avoid the hearing caused me to back out.

That said, some of my very capable colleagues, like Nicholas Ranallo and Stewart Kellar will be there taking notes and keeping us all up to date.

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)