New Albany, IN – Copyright lawyers for Boy Racer, Inc. of North Bellmore, New York filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging 23 Indiana John Does infringed the copyrighted work, a video called LA PINK, which has been registered by the US Copyright Office.
Boy Racer is an adult entertainment company that produced the video at issue. The complaint alleges that the 23 individuals have unlawfully reproduced and/or distributed the copyrighted video using the BitTorrent “distribution protocol”. The complaint states that Hard Drive has the Internet Protocol address (“IP address”) of these 23 individuals and will learn their identities during discovery. Boy Racer has made claims of copyright infringement and civil conspiracy. The complaint seeks an order impounding all copies of the video, damages, and litigation expenses.
Practice Tip: As Indiana Intellectual Property Law News reported last month, the adult entertainment industry is using a copyright infringement litigation strategy to target online file sharing. This suit is the second filed in Indiana federal courts so far, and like the earlier suit, it targets file sharing via the BitTorrent program. Typically, the plaintiff will engage in discovery to find out identities of the persons associated with the IP addresses alleged to have infringed the copyrighted work. Once these identities are revealed to the plaintiff, the plaintiff typically reaches out to the alleged infringers to try to settle the case. If a settlement is not reached, the plaintiff will pursue further court action.
Further Information about the case is as follows:
Filed: June 14, 2011 as 4:2011cv00070 Updated: June 15, 2011 06:35:55
Plaintiff: BOY RACER, INC.
Defendant: DOES 1-23
Presiding Judge:Sarah Evans Barker
Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement