Paper Street Media, LLC v. Doe et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 6 Plaintiff's Motion for Discovery; 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. C18-5167 RBL
JOHN DOE, d/b/a HQPORNER.COM,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff Paper Street Media’s Ex Parte Motion
for Early Discovery [Dkt. #6]. Paper Street asks for limited, expedited discovery to ascertain the
identities of the owners and operators of HQPorner.com, Mydaddy.cc, HQwo.cc, and
BigCDN.cc, websites it alleges have infringed its “award winning” pornographic videos by
duplicating and distributing them without prior authorization.
Paper Street has shown these 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).
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Therefore, Paper Street may serve discovery on Advanced Hosters, Ltd.; Highwoods
Network Group, Inc.; Enom, Inc.; Tiggee, LLC; Choopa, LLC; Verisign; Multi Media, LLC;
Network Solutions, LLC; and Google, LLC, for the sole purpose of identifying the owners and
operators of HQPorner.com, Mydaddy.cc, HQwo.cc, and BigCDN.cc, who are Defendants in
Paper Street may not serve discovery on any Internet Service Providers seeking
information about IP addresses used to access HQPorner.com, Mydaddy.cc, HQwo.cc, and
BigCDN.cc, as such discovery goes beyond identifying the Defendants, and could be used for
nefarious purposes. To the extent Paper Street seeks such information, its Motion is DENIED.
Paper Street’s Motion [Dkt. #6] is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 12th day of April, 2018.
Ronald B. Leighton
United States District Judge
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