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Venice PI, LLC “once upon a time in venice” lawsuits overview

Sep 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Bittorrent Defense

VENICE PI, LLC Plaintiff v. DOES 1- 20 [Case No.: 17-cv-6412 ].  UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION.

Venice PI LLC Illiinois lawsuit

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Introduction

Lawsuits have been filed against Doe Defendants in Illinois by Venice PI, LLC.  If you received notice of a lawsuit or cease and desist letter call us to discuss your legal options.  We represent copyright infringement defendants nationwide.

What is Once Upon a Time in Venice?

According to wikipedia:

“Once Upon a Time in Venice is a 2017 American action comedy film directed and written by Mark and Robb Cullen in their directorial debuts. The film stars Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa, John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, and Adam Goldberg with supporting roles by Christopher McDonald, Stephanie Sigman, and Wood Harris. The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 16, 2017, by RLJ Entertainment.”

Sample Allegations

Here are some of the allegations made in the Complaint:

“This is a civil action seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement under the copyright laws of the United States (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.). As set forth in greater detail below, this action involves the unauthorized acquisition, copying and transfer by Defendants of Plaintiff’s mainstream copyrighted motion picture Once Upon a Time in Venice (hereinafter, “the Motion Picture”).  The Motion Picture is an action/comedy/thriller directed by Mark Cullen, and stars Bruce Willis, John Goodman and Jason Momoa, among others. The Motion Picture has significant value and has been created and produced at considerable expense.  The acquisition, copying and transfer of the Motion Picture is accomplished using a network called a “BitTorrent protocol” or “torrent,” which is different than the standard Peerto-Peer (“P2P”) protocol. The BitTorrent protocol makes even small computers with low bandwidth capable of participating in large data transfers across a P2P network.”

“Plaintiff is a motion picture developer and producer. Plaintiff brings this action to stop Defendants from copying and distributing unauthorized copies of Plaintiff’s copyrighted Motion Picture to others over the Internet. Defendants’ infringements allow them and others unlawfully to obtain and distribute for free unauthorized copyrighted works that Plaintiff spends considerable sums to create, acquire and/or distribute. Each time a Defendant unlawfully distributes a free copy of Plaintiff’s copyrighted Motion Picture to others over the Internet, each person who copies the Motion Picture then distributes the unlawful copy to others without any significant degradation in sound and picture quality. Thus, a Defendant’s distribution of even one unlawful copy of a motion picture can result in the nearly instantaneous worldwide distribution of that single copy to a limitless number of people. Plaintiff now seeks redress for this rampant infringement of its exclusive rights.”

“Each Defendant, without the permission or consent of Plaintiff, has used, and continues to use, an online media distribution system to reproduce and distribute to the public, including by making available for distribution to others, the copyrighted Motion Picture. Plaintiff has identified each Defendant by the IP address assigned to that Defendant by his or her ISP and the date and the time at which the infringing activity of each Defendant was observed (Exhibit B). Each Defendant has violated Plaintiff’s exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution. Each Defendant’s actions constitute infringement of Plaintiff’s exclusive rights protected under the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.). Each Defendant deliberately participated in a swarm and/or reproduced and/or distributed the same seed file of Plaintiff’s copyrighted Motion Picture in digital form with other Defendants. In particular, Defendants participated in a collective and interdependent manner with other Defendants via the Internet for the unlawful purpose of reproducing, exchanging and distributing copyrighted material unique to the swarm.  By participating in the same swarm, each Defendant participated in the same transaction, occurrence or series of transactions or occurrences as the other Defendants in the swarm. The foregoing acts of infringement constitute a collective enterprise of shared, overlapping facts and have been willful, intentional, and in disregard of and with indifference to the rights of Plaintiff.

As a result of each Defendant’s infringement of Plaintiff’s exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to relief pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §504 and to its attorneys’ fees and costs pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §505

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