Friday, October 07, 2005

Interscope v. Does yet another RIAA p2p case, against 100 "John Does" in Manhattan Federal Court

As part of its mass litigation campaign against individuals whose names are associated with IP addresses which are associated with peer to peer file sharing accounts, the RIAA commenced, on August 31st, yet another mass case against "John Doe" defendants who do not even know they have been sued, in Manhattan Federal Court.

This case names 100 "John Doe" defendants, and is assigned to District Judge Richard J. Holwell. This litigation is captioned "Interscope Records v. Does 1-100.", and is under docket number 05-CV-7667 (RJH).

As with all of its other cases, the RIAA sought and obtained an ex parte order granting it discovery. ("ex parte" means without the other side having notice or an opportunity to be heard in opposition).

People in the metropolitan area have been receiving notices from Time Warner Cable, an internet service provider, that it has been subpoenaed to turn over their names and addresses to the RIAA in this new case. The subpoena Time Warner attaches to their letter is returnable October 26, 2005.

At least one "Jane Doe" is making a motion to quash the subpoena. She is represented by Ray Beckerman, Morlan Ty Rogers, and Daniel A. Singer of Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP

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