• Federal Judge Rules Copyright Owner Cannot Pursue Discovery of ISP's to Learn the Identity of Owners of IP Addresses Accused of Illegally Downloading Pornographic Movies
  • May 24, 2011 | Author: Phillip Barengolts
  • Law Firm: Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP - Chicago Office
  • Copyright owners in pursuit of file-sharers and illegal downloaders often rely on John Doe lawsuits to learn the identities of the accused infringers. These owners file suit, then send demand letters to the defendants, and reach quick settlements. In VPR Internationale v. Does 1-1017, No. 2:11- cv-2068 (C.D. Ill. Apr. 29, 2011), VPR, an adult film producer filed suit and sought class certification against unknown owners of internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with the unauthorized sharing of VPR's films through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. After filing suit, VPR sought discovery of the Internet Service Providers (ISP's) that hosted the IP addresses for the defendant file-sharers.