Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe subscriber assigned IP address

Filing 129

ORDER RE SEALING MOTION by Hon. William Alsup granting in part and denying in part 127 Motion to seal.(whalc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/23/2016)

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1 2 3 4 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 9 MALIBU MEDIA, LLC, 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff, v. JOHN DOE Subscriber Assigned IP Address, ORDER RE SEALING MOTION Defendant. / And All Related Cross-Actions. / 16 17 No. C 15-04441 WHA Defendant has moved to keep portions of the Court’s order denying his motion to quash 18 subpoenas under seal, citing concerns that excerpts from Internet posts allegedly made by him 19 and his user name could be used to identify him, thereby exposing him to embarrassment and 20 pressure to settle this litigation. The motion is GRANTED, with one exception. Page 4 of the 21 order reads “Malibu Media identifies numerous other posts by the user [defendant’s username] 22 on the forgoing websites and others, not set forth in detail in this order, many of which refer to 23 masturbation, pornography, voyeurism [and other topics].” In addition to his user name (which 24 may be redacted), defendant seeks to redact the text “masturbation, pornography, voyeurism” 25 (though not the subsequent topics). These generic references cannot be used to identify 26 defendant in any way, so there is no good cause to redact that text. To that extent only, 27 defendant’s motion is DENIED. 28 1 2 To be clear, this is without prejudice to whether the same or similar materials may be redacted or sealed in future filings or proceedings, including at trial. 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 6 Dated: December 23, 2016. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 7 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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