22 May 14 Update
Quick Update – Well thanks to some Does who fought back, as well as their attorneys, the two OR State Trademark infringement cases have been removed to Federal court and then the judge on his own decided to server all defendants except for Doe #1.
I don’t believe any subscriber information was released to the Troll prior to judge severing the Does. Just remember that this success was only possible because some of the Does decided to fight. Thank you!
2 May 14 Update
A short update concerning the release of subscriber information by Comcast concerning the 50 Does. It looks like unless there is some sort of motion to quash filed, Comcast is scheduled to release the information on 22 May 14. It would be nice if Comcast decided to fight what is clearly an abuse of the law to obtain their customer’s information.
If you are a Comcast customer, you might consider calling (866) 947-8LRC & select option #2. You can also tell Comcast what you think via Twitter – @comcast OR via their corporate Web site – http://corporate.comcast.com/
In case you missed it, NBC Chicago, IL, recently (2 May 14) ran a story on Copyright Trolls and I was lucky enough to be interviewed for it. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli features more prominently in the story (as well as looks good in that suit). Please take a read and watch the video.
The low-down tactics of Copyright Trolls never stop to amaze me. This time Voltage Pictures (AKA: Nicolas Chartier) are trying a very Prenda-Like move in the Marion Circuit Court (Oregon State court). They have filed a Trademark Infringement case against 50 John Does for what is clearly a BitTorrent Copyright Infringement case – thus should be filed in Federal court. I would also like to welcome attorney Carl D. Crowell, Crowell Law, to the ranks of the Copyright Trolls. Your reputation may suffer for doing this.
Voltage Picture is clearly trying to use this ruse (my opinion) to obtain ISP subscriber information for IP addresses they say shared the movie Dallas Buyers Club over BitTorrent. Complaint_VolPict_OR
- Troll Defense article
- Here is a recent article by Arstechnica, concerning this matter.
- TechDirt article
- If you are a Doe in this case, please see the following Web page for Attorney Morgan Pietz.
If you recently received a letter from your ISP about Voltage Pictures in Oregon, The Pietz Law Firm would like to hear from you. As to your options generally in cases like these, check out this article by Morgan Pietz.