Paper Street Media, LLC v. MW Media et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 16 Plaintiff's Motion for Discovery, as more fully set forth in this Order; signed by Judge Ronald B. Leighton.(DN)
HONORABLE RONALD B. LEIGHTON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
PAPER STREET MEDIA, LLC,
CASE NO. C17-5311-RBL
ORDER ON LIMITED EARLY
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff Paper Street Media’s Ex Parte Motion
for Early Discovery [Dkt. #16]. Paper Street asks for limited discovery to ascertain the identities
of all owners and operators of Eporner.com and Eprncdn.com, websites it alleges have infringed
its pornographic videos by duplicating and distributing them without prior authorization. Paper
Street has shown the defendants are real persons or entities, that it cannot identify them without
early discovery, and that its suit could possibly withstand a motion to dismiss. See Columbia Ins.
Co. v. Seescandy.com, 185 F.R.D. 573, 578–80 (N.D. Cal. 1999) (setting forth a test describing
when a court could permit discovery prior to a Rule 26(f) conference for the purpose of
identifying anonymous defendants). Paper Street, therefore, may serve discovery demands on
WhoisProxy.com, Moniker.com d/b/a Key-Systems GmbH, Domains By Proxy LLC,
ORDER ON LIMITED EARLY DISCOVERY - 1
GoDaddy.com LLC, Copyright Agent c/o Incorporate Now, and PayPal Holdings Inc. for
information identifying their customers—Eporner.com’s and Eprncdn.com’s owners and
operators. At this time, Paper Street may not serve discovery on Internet Service Providers for IP
addresses used to access the Defendants’ sites, as such discovery goes beyond identifying the
Defendants. Paper Street’s Motion [Dkt. #16] is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 31st day of August, 2017.
Ronald B. Leighton
United States District Judge
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