As has occurred, notably in print and photo matters, copyright trolls seek to make money by suing multiple defendants for infringement. The main intent in these cases is to make ISP address-holders pay to settle. This litigation should require finding the actual infringer, who can be held liable, but often results in demands for tracking IP addresses to an ISP account holder, who may not be the infringer. The blog We R’ Pirates reports that Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin in Massachusetts denied motions for early discovery and tongue-lashed plaintiffs in three copyright suits (documents courtesy of Beckerman Legal) involving claims of infringement over alleged downloads of porn movies; all sought discovery for names of account holders, while showing no interest in finding infringers. As Sorokin noted: “The omission of any written request for depositions in the Plaintiffs’ renewed motions for discovery speaks volumes about the Plaintiffs’ lack of interest in actually litigating these cases.” He also rebuked “Plaintiff Patrick Collins, Inc.[who] has sued at least 11,570 John Doe Defendants in litigation around the country without ever serving a single defendant.” He expressed his displeasure that the litigation aimed to settle with the defendants rather than amend complaints to seek infringers. Further, he said, plaintiffs showed no “reasonable discovery plan” to identify defendants, so there was “no path forward for service” of them. He gave them a deadline to show cause why he shouldn’t toss their cases for failure to effect timely service.
Mass filing in video case draws judge’s ire
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