Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. John Doe subscriber assigned IP address

Filing 9

ORDER by Judge Joseph C. Spero granting 7 Ex Parte Application for Leave to Serve a Third Party Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference. (jcslc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/3/2024)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC, Case No. 24-cv-02495-JCS Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 10 JOHN DOE SUBSCRIBER ASSIGNED IP ADDRESS, Defendant. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 ORDER RE EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO SERVE THIRDPARTY SUBPOENA PRIOR TO A RULE 26(f) CONFERENCE Re: Dkt. No. 7 12 13 Plaintiff Strike 3 Holdings, LLC moves ex parte for leave to serve a third party subpoena 14 prior to a Rule 26(f) hearing. The Court being duly advised does hereby FIND, ORDER AND 15 ADJUDGE: 16 1. Plaintiff has established that “good cause” exists for it to serve a third party 17 subpoena on Comcast Cable Communications, LLC (“Comcast”). See UMG Recording, Inc. v. 18 Doe, 2008 WL 4104214, *4 (N.D. Cal. 2008); and Arista Records LLC v. Does 1-19, 551 F. Supp. 19 2d 1, 6-7 (D.D.C. 2008). 20 2. Plaintiff may serve Comcast with a Rule 45 subpoena commanding Comcast to 21 provide Plaintiff with the true name and address of the Defendant to whom Comcast assigned the 22 IP address Plaintiff shall attach to any such subpoena a copy of this Order. 23 3. Plaintiff may also serve a Rule 45 subpoena in the same manner as above on any 24 service provider that is identified in response to a subpoena as a provider of Internet services to 25 Defendant (together with Comcast, the “ISPs”). 26 27 28 1 4. 2 pursuant thereto shall be deemed appropriate court orders under 47 U.S.C. § 551. In particular, 47 3 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2)(B) provides as follows: 4 (c) Disclosure of personally identifiable information 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 United States District Court Northern District of California IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that subpoenas authorized by this order and issued [. . .] (2) A cable operator may disclose such information if the disclosure is— [. . .] (B) subject to subsection (h) [relating to disclosures to governmental agencies] of this action, made pursuant to a court order authorizing such disclosure, if the subscriber is notified of such order by the person to whom the order is directed . . . . This order is an order authorizing such disclosure. 5. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each ISP will have 30 days from the date of 12 service upon it to serve each of its subscriber(s) whose identity information is sought with a copy 13 of the subpoena and a copy of this order. The ISPs may serve the subscribers using any 14 reasonable means, including written notice sent to the subscriber’s last known address, transmitted 15 either by first-class mail or via overnight service. 16 6. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each subscriber and each ISP shall have 30 17 days from the date of service upon him, her or it to file any motions in this court contesting the 18 subpoena (including a motion to quash or modify the subpoena). If the 30-day period after service 19 on the subscriber lapses without the subscriber or the ISP contesting the subpoena, the ISP shall 20 have 10 days to produce to Plaintiff the information responsive to the subpoena with respect to 21 that subscriber. 22 7. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any ISP that receives a subpoena shall preserve 23 all subpoenaed information pending the ISP’s delivering such information to Plaintiff or the final 24 resolution of a timely filed motion to quash the subpoena with respect to such information. 25 8. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any information disclosed to Plaintiff in 26 response to a subpoena may be used by Plaintiff solely for the purpose of protecting its rights 27 under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. 28 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any name or other personal identifying information of 2 1 any current or proposed defendant shall be filed UNDER SEAL in all filings and not otherwise 2 disclosed. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 6 7 Dated: June 3, 2024 ______________________________________ JOSEPH C. SPERO United States Magistrate Judge 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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