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LLC v. Doe

United States District Court, D. Nevada

July 23, 2019

STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC, Plaintiffs,
v.
JOHN DOE SUBSCRIBER ASSIGNED IP ADDRESS 98.167.68.73, Defendants.

          ORDER [DOCKET NO. 4]

          NANCY J. KOPPE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Plaintiff alleges infringement of its copyrights to various pornographic material through the BitTorrent protocol. See Docket No. 1. Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's ex parte motion for leave to obtain discovery from an Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) to ascertain Defendant's identity. Docket No. 4. Plaintiff submits that it is suing Defendant for using the Internet to commit direct copyright infringement and, since the alleged infringement occurred over the Internet, Plaintiff knows the Defendant only by his or her Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. Id. at 2. Plaintiff therefore seeks an order allowing it to subpoena Defendant's ISP for his or her true name and address. Id. at 3.

         The Ninth Circuit has held that, where the identity of the defendant is unknown prior to the filing of a complaint, the plaintiff should be given an opportunity through discovery to identify the unknown defendant, unless it is clear that discovery would not uncover the identity of the defendant, or that the complaint would be dismissed on other grounds. See Wakefield v. Thompson, 177 F.3d 1160, 1163 (9th Cir. 1999) (citing Gillespie v. Civiletti, 629 F.2d 637, 642 (9th Cir. 1980)).

         These requirements are satisfied in this case[1] and, for good cause shown, Plaintiff's ex parte motion for discovery is GRANTED as follows:

• Plaintiff may serve a Rule 45 subpoena upon the identified ISP, along with a copy of this order.
• The subpoena will demand only the true name and physical address for the account holder to whom the relevant IP address was assigned at the date(s) and time(s) that the alleged infringement activity occurred.
• To the extent the ISP qualifies as a “cable operator, ” the provisions of 47 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2)(B) must be satisfied, including providing notice of this order.
• Plaintiff will use the information it obtains from the ISP in response to this subpoena solely to prosecute the instant case.
• Once Plaintiff learns the identity of the subscriber(s), Plaintiff shall provide a copy of this Order to that person or those persons when Plaintiff first makes contact with the subscriber regarding this case. At that same time, Plaintiff shall also provide the subscriber(s) a copy of the Ninth Circuit's opinion in Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzales, 901 F.3d 1142 (9th Cir. 2018). Once both have been provided to the subscriber(s), counsel for Plaintiff shall immediately file a declaration that confirms these have been provided to the subscriber.
• If neither a motion to quash the subpoena nor a motion to dismiss the complaint has been filed by that date, Plaintiff shall file a status report by October 23, 2019.[2]

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1] Pleading a defendant's “status as the registered subscriber of an infringing IP address, standing alone, does not create a reasonable inference that he is also the infringer. Because multiple devices and individuals may be able to connect via an IP address, simply identifying the IP subscriber solves only part of the puzzle. A plaintiff must allege something more to create a reasonable inference that a subscriber is also an infringer.” Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzales, 901 F.3d 1142, 1144 (9th Cir. 2018). It is not clear whether Plaintiff will be able to meet this pleading standard. It is also not clear that the instant discovery (limited to the name and physical address of the registrant of the IP address) will meaningfully advance Plaintiff's ability to meet this pleading standard. Nonetheless, the Court is aware of no case law preventing the discovery of a doe defendant's identity based on the copyright holder's current inability to meet the Cobbler pleading standard. Absent further guidance to the contrary, the Court ...


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