Good Man Productions, Inc. v. John Doe subscriber assigned IP address 126.96.36.199
ORDER granting 8 Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to Serve a Third Party Subpoena Prior to a Rule 26(f) Conference, by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 12/1/2014.(evana, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-03214-WYD-MEH
GOOD MAN PRODUCTIONS, INC.,
JOHN DOE SUBSCRIBER ASSIGNED IP ADDRESS 188.8.131.52,
Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge.
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Serve a Third Party Subpoena Prior to
a Rule 26(f) Conference [filed November 28, 2014; docket #8]. Plaintiff’s motion is granted as
Plaintiff’s motion alleges that the Doe Defendant, identified only by an Internet Protocol
(“IP”) address, has infringed on Plaintiff’s copyrighted work by using the internet and a
“BitTorrent” protocol to reproduce, distribute, display, or perform Plaintiff’s protected film.
Plaintiff requests permission from the Court to serve limited, immediate discovery on the Doe
Defendant’s Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) prior to the Rule 26(f) conference. The purpose of
this discovery is to obtain additional information concerning the identity of the Doe Defendant.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(d) proscribes seeking discovery before Rule 26(f) conferral. However,
this prohibition is not absolute; the Court may authorize discovery upon a showing of good cause.
Pod-Ners, LLC v. Northern Feed & Bean of Lucerne Ltd. Liability Co., 204 F.R.D. 675, 676 (D.
Colo. 2002). “Expedited discovery should be limited, however, and narrowly tailored to seek
information necessary to support expedited or preliminary relief.” Avaya, Inc. v. Acumen Telecom
Corp., No. 10-cv-03075-CMA-BNB , 2011 WL 9293, at *2 (D. Colo. Jan. 3, 2011) (citation
After review of the motion, the Court finds that Plaintiff establishes good cause for limited
expedited discovery. Therefore, the Plaintiff may serve a third party subpoena pursuant to Fed. R.
Civ. P. 45 on the identified ISP with the limited purpose of ascertaining the identity of the Doe
Defendant. The subpoena shall be limited to providing Plaintiff with the name, address, telephone
number, and email address of the subscriber (Doe Defendant) to whom the ISP has assigned an IP
address. With the subpoena, Plaintiff shall also serve a copy of this Order. The ISP shall notify the
subscriber that his/her identity has been subpoenaed by the Plaintiff. Finally, the Court emphasizes
that Plaintiff may only use the information disclosed in response to the subpoena for the purpose of
protecting and enforcing its rights as set forth in its Complaint [docket #1]. The Court cautions
Plaintiff that any improper use of this information may result in sanctions.
Entered and dated at Denver, Colorado, this 1st day of December, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
Michael E. Hegarty
United States Magistrate Judge
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