Indianapolis, Indiana — The Southern District of Indiana has granted a motion for default judgment by CP Productions, Inc. (“CP”) of Arizona, which had sued Gerald L. Glover, III (“Glover”) of Indianapolis, Indiana alleging infringement of the copyrighted work “GH Hustlers — Maryjane’s Second Visit” which has been registered by the U.S. Copyright Office.
CP produces adult-entertainment content. Copyright lawyers for CP filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Glover and his joint tortfeasors, without Plaintiff’s authorization or license, downloaded CP’s copyrighted work via the Internet. Specifically, it was alleged that they had, knowingly and illegally, reproduced and distributed CP’s copyrighted creative work, and materially contributed to the infringing conduct of others by acting in concert via the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol. CP also alleged that Glover was a serial infringer of copyrights in adult content stating that agents for CP had observed him infringing on multiple copyrighted works involving adult content.
In the complaint, CP’s attorneys listed counts of copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and contributory infringement. CP sought statutory damages of $150,000 under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 504 for Glover’s alleged willful infringement of CP’s copyright. CP also asked the court for attorneys’ fees and costs of $1,425 under 17 U.S.C. § 505, for a total judgment of $151,425. Glover did not respond to the complaint.
Because he had failed to plead or otherwise defend in this action, despite having been properly served with a summons and a complaint, Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ordered an entry of default against Glover for $151,425, the full amount requested.
Practice Tip: When a defendant fails to appear to address assertions of wrongdoing made by a plaintiff, the court takes as true all of the plaintiff’s well-pled allegations. On Friday, we blogged about a default-judgment case wherein the defendant was ordered by the court to pay $20,000 for illegally downloading copyrighted material. As the Glover case shows, however, damages for illegally downloading copyrighted material can be much higher.