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

Filing 8

Order by Judge Jon S. Tigar granting 7 Ex Parte Application 7 Ex Parte Application for Leave to Serve a Third Party Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference; Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support Thereof. Motions due by 12/14/2023.(mll, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/14/2023)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 STRIKE 3 HOLDINGS, LLC, Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 10 JOHN DOE SUBSCRIBER ASSIGNED IP ADDRESS, 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Case No. 23-cv-05473-JST Defendant. ORDER GRANTING EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO SERVE THIRD-PARTY SUBPOENA PRIOR TO RULE 26(F) CONFERENCE Re: ECF 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) conference. ECF No. 7. After considering the application, the Court orders 15 the following: 1. 16 Strike 3 has established that “good cause” exists for it to serve a third-party 17 subpoena on AT&T Internet (the “ISP”) under Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 18 E.g., Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe, No. 17-CV-07051-LB, 2018 WL 357287, at *2-3 (N.D. Cal. 19 Jan. 10, 2018). 2. 20 Strike 3 may serve the ISP with a Rule 45 subpoena commanding the ISP to 21 provide Strike 3 with the true name and address of the Defendant to whom the ISP assigned an IP 22 address as detailed in the complaint and as listed in the case caption. Strike 3 shall attach a copy 23 of this order to any such subpoena. 3. 24 Strike 3 may also serve a Rule 45 subpoena in the same manner as above on any 25 service provider that is identified in response to a subpoena as a provider of Internet services to 26 Defendant. 27 /// 28 /// 4. 1 2 with 47 U.S.C. § 551(c)(2) by sending a copy of this order to Defendant.1 See 47 U.S.C. 3 § 551(c)(2) (“A cable operator may disclose such [personal identifying] information if the 4 disclosure is . . . made pursuant to a court order authorizing such disclosure, if the subscriber is 5 notified of such order by the person to whom the order is directed. . . .”) 5. 6 Strike 3 may only use the information disclosed in response to a Rule 45 subpoena 7 served on the ISP for the purpose of protecting and enforcing Strike 3’s rights as set forth in its 8 complaint. 6. 9 United States District Court Northern District of California If the ISP qualifies as a “cable operator” under 47 U.S.C. § 522(5), it shall comply Each ISP will have 30 days from the date of service upon it to serve each of its 10 subscribers whose identity information is sought with a copy of the subpoena and a copy of this 11 order. The ISPs may serve the subscribers through any reasonable means, including written notice 12 sent to the subscriber’s last known address, transmitted either by first class mail or overnight 13 service. 7. 14 Each subscriber and each ISP shall have 30 days from the date of service upon each 15 of them to file any motions in this Court contesting the subpoena (including motions to quash or 16 modify the subpoena). If the 30-day period after service on the subscriber lapses without the 17 subscriber or the ISP contesting the subpoena, the ISP shall have 10 days to produce to Strike 3 18 the information responsive to the subpoena with respect to that subscriber. 8. 19 Under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court may sua 20 sponte grant a protective order. Strike 3 Holdings, 2018 WL 357287, at *3. Because the ISP 21 subscriber(s) may not be the individual(s) who infringed Strike 3’s copyright, and because of the 22 potential embarrassment associated with being publicly accused of illegally downloading adult 23 motion pictures, the Court issues the following limited protective order in this case: To the extent 24 that the ISP releases any name or other personal identifying information regarding any current or 25 proposed defendant to Strike 3, such information shall be treated as confidential and shall not be 26 27 28 A “cable operator” is “any person or group of persons (A) who provides cable service over a cable system and directly or through one or more affiliates owns a significant interest in such cable system, or (B) who otherwise controls or is responsible for, through any arrangement, the management and operation of such a cable system.” 47 U.S.C. § 522(5). 2 1 1 publicly disclosed until Defendant has had the opportunity to file a motion with this Court to 2 proceed anonymously and the Court has ruled on that motion. If Defendant fails to file a motion 3 for leave to proceed anonymously within 30 days after his or her information is disclosed to 4 Strike 3, this limited protective order will expire. 5 6 7 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 14, 2023 ______________________________________ JON S. TIGAR United States District Judge 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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