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Comments
  1. Thomas says:

    IMPORTANT:

    How can I determine if a karaoke manufacturer has *ALL* the necessary licenses and approvals for recreating an original music recording to a karaoke version (compulsory, sync, etc)?

    If the karaoke manufacturer has a single registered copyright for a full CD of karaoke songs does this mean that they fully complied with all the requirements to copy, sync lyrics, and sell the original work of the song?

    Where can I find a list of ALL the requirements a karaoke manufacturer must meet before producing a karaoke version of an original song?

    Thank you!

    • To reproduce and distribute karaoke records, karaoke record producers must obtain karaoke synchronization licenses from each copyright holder with an interest in each song included on the record. Each karaoke record must be 100% licensed. Sellers of karaoke records must obtain copyright licenses from and pay fees and full royalties to each of the copyright owners. If a karaoke producers has a single registered copyright for a full CD of Karaoke songs it does not necessarily mean that they are in full compliance. The authorship and performance of the several songs may be owned by different authors, co-authors, performers and publishers. These rights are transferable. Unless the rights to the “full CD of karaoke songs” are fully owned by one individual or entity, the karaoke producers would need to obtain multiple “licensees and approvals.” To comment your specific question, in my opinion, whether a single registered copyright is sufficient for a full CD requires knowledge of the related underlying copyrights, transfers, and assignments of those rights.

  2. timebuilder says:

    Fight the copyright trolls at Rolex.

  3. Worriedlady says:

    I just got a call from a cell phone claiming to working for a film company and that they had subpoenaed my account information from the ISP who said that had never happened and that I should ignore all these calls. I live on a very fixed income and am disabled. My son told me that I shouldn’t worry, but I can’t afford any kind of lawsuit. The number that called me was 818-292-8930.

  4. Joe S says:

    Could you publish this petition to help put an end to copyright trolling and ask your followers to sign it, and pass it on. Thanks in advance. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/work-modify-copyright-laws-end-predatory-practice-copyright-trolling/3cGn2JFL

  5. Pumpkin says:

    Wondering if someone could help me understand this more, I received a letter from my ISP as a forward from some company named CEG TEK International claiming I downloaded some movie and they want $200.00 as a settlement and it was signed by a Ira M. Siegel. I don’t understand this or what it means at all. I contacted my ISP providers security team they told me not to worry because they don’t have any of my personal information but they also told me to do a little background on the company and person(s). I just want to know if I should ignore it like the ISP says or hire a lawyer.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So I’ve been perusing RFC Express for copyright cases for the usual plaintiffs and I’ve noticed there are come states that don’t have any like Alabama, Alaska, Kansas etc. while others like Illinois California and Florida seem to be overflowing with cases. It’s my understanding that plaintiffs can’t cross jurisdiction boundaries so are these states clear of the trolls or do they get served across jurisdictions?

  7. I do not know the true strategy of the plaintiffs and prefer to believe that somewhere in that strategy is a genuine interest in protecting copyrighted material. Whether they are motivated by such need, or by greed, it comes down to forum shopping. Florida has been quite favorable to the plaintiffs. Many of the motions to dismiss for improper venue that I file in this line of cases are not heard. They are derailed on some other grounds or are voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff prior to reaching adjudication on the merits. Fortunately, I now have the opportunity to be heard for one hour in the circuit court in and for Miami-Dade, Florida, on the merits of a PURE BILL OF DISCOVERY case. The PURE BILL OF DISCOVERY case seeks private information in violation (in my opinion) of the Cable TV Privacy Act of 1984, of an out-of-state defendant haled into a state court all the way down in Miami, under the color of copyright law, which is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal court. I will argue that it is unforeseeable that a private citizen would be summonsed to appear in a foreign jurisdiction 1,000 miles from his or her residence where the alleged unauthorized Internet download allegedly took place and that my client is entitled to recover his or her attorney’s fees incurred in being forced to bring forth such defense. To the best of my knowledge, this argument has not yet been made in a PURE BILL OF DISCOVERY case in a Florida state court. Until the trial judges reach such decisions, I think we can expect Florida to be a venue of choice.

  8. LEONARD HOLLEY says:

    I E-mailed you last year when I was one of one-thousand John Doe’s in a complaint filed by Prenda Law. After at least 100 calls and threats to settle the case for $3,500 ( which I refused ) I was personally served with another complaint on January 15th 2013. The Attorney is Daniel G. Ruggiero and the Plaintiff is AF Holdings. They now want $6,000. I didn’t respond and now I get this complaint Personally brought to my door. It was filed in the Pennsylvania (Eastern) District Court. I make $325 a week and they think I’m gonna pay $6,000 for a movie I swear I didn’t download. I can’t afford a Attorney and if it goes to court I’m gonna defend myself. Your website is great because they (Prenda) intimidate and scare a lot of people to settle. I’ll enclose my email if you want to contact me. I’ll go to jail before I give them a dime. My case was filed 9/24/12 U.S.D.C. FOR EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

  9. LEONARD M. HOLLEY says:

    I want to thank those who responded for their help and I want to elaborate further. This all began in Sept of 2011. Prenda Law Subpoenaed my ISP and obtained my IP address. I was then a placed in a John Doe lawsuit (one of a thousand ) filed in Washington DC. My initial reaction was fear. That soon was replaced by anger when I received a letter offering me the chance to settle for $3,500.I’m unaware of the alleged download and their “Proprietary Software” that allowed them to ascertain that my computer was in a swarm that downloaded their property (a Porno no less). For their assumptions, since this hasn’t been proven in a court. They want me to give them $3,500. I figured that if half of the John Doe’s settled, they made $350,000 and this was done based solely on their assertions.
    I never responded to Prenda Law even though I received over 150 phone calls during all of 2012. I thought they would eventually give up. Now it’s 2013 and I am personally delivered a Summons filed in PA District Court by Daniel Ruggiero. Same plaintiff, AF Holdings and now it’s $6,000. Most of my friends think I’m crazy but this is legal Extortion. I may loose but they are ruining people’s lives and I refuse. Prenda Law, Mr. Ruggiero bring it on.I’m just a lowly Janitor, as I said I make $325 a week, I’ll defend myself. I only completed the 9th Grade but I’m not afraid anymore. The only way this stops is if we fight the “Good Fight”. You may win but I laugh at you because this is what your greed makes you do

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey SJD i shot you and email hoping you can reply ASAP and hopefully add some peace to my mind and answer my question would really appreciate it!

  11. MisterNat says:

    I just got hit with a notice of request of name, address, MAC address by these people via Subpoena, forwarded by my ISP. Should I answer the motion with a motion to quash the Subpoena and/or dismiss the case?

    Any off-the-cuff advice would be appreciated as I can’t even afford a lawyer. I CAN look up others’ filings and paraphrase them for my purposes, if necessary. I just need some input, not legal advice at this point.

    The problem is, if I file any motion to quash the Subpoena, it will be moot because then they WILL have my identity and information. If I have to gamble on getting a decision against the Subpoena, I anticipate having to include in the motion that the Respondent (me) will not be contacted, nor will any of the identity information gained from the filing be used against me.

    At what point do these people just go away?

    I have to go now, and look up the number for Legal Aid.

    Thanks for the feedback.

  12. hardtohear says:

    Any news on the NJ case?

  13. Brian says:

    I find it interesting that Prenda pages all have a popup from their webserver showing at the moment:

    “Preview DNS
    Welcome!
    This is a preview of your new Web site. Once you’ve completed setting up this site’s content, you need to modify the DNS settings of your domain for it to be live to the public.
    Click here to learn more about setting your domain’s nameservers.”

    ( on http://wefightpiracy.org.previewdns.com/notable-decisions/ and every other page there )

    To not even finish setting up the site sounds really… fishy.

    • SJD says:

      No, not an exactly right word. Not “fishy” — “sloppy.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly. The sloppiness and juvenile layout of their website gives them no credibility. It looks like something a grade school student can do using a template from a web hosting service. With all the money they’ve bilked from people and their desire to appear credible, you’d think they would put a little more effort behind their online presence. Just more evidence of their incompetence. This is one man’s opinion.

  14. I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.~ Jim Morrison says:

    SJD – just sent an email message to you & DTD to help “shake the tree” under the KL shakedown crew

  15. luda says:

    Recently we’ve received a letter from our Comcast internet provider a letter saying that Zembezia Film, Ltd has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. We have supposedly been identified for allegedly infringing Zembezia Film for uploading or downloading a movie without permission. We have gotten 3 of these lawsuits letters date of alleged downloading are: 10/12/12, 12/8/12, 12/21/12.
    Comcast will provide our name, address and other information unless we or our attorneys file protective motion to quash or vacate the Subpoena in the court where the subpoena was issued no later than April 26, May 6 & May 10 for 3 different cases.

    It looks like the IP addresses 71.231.2.115 are all the SAME. However when I looked at the case numbers, they are ALL different cases. For the Comcast papers where we have to file a motion to
    quash or vacate Subpoena by date of April 26, the case #: C13-0311RAJ-RSL
    For motion to quash papers due by May 6, the case #: C13-0312JLR-RSL
    For motion to quash papers due by May 10, the case #: C13-0308MJP-RSL

    This was filed in Seattle with Frontier Law Group, PLLC. We live in Auburn WA. I’m attaching files that you can view.

    QUESTIONS:

    1. As far as we know Zembezia created 1 film, why is it that they are accusing us of uploading/downloading in 3 different cases on 3 different dates? Does that mean they are going to sue us for 3 different cases & will try to get out of us 3 separate settlements?

    2. We are writing a motion ourselves. Tomorrow is the LAST day (April 26th) for file a motion for our 1st case, the rest are due later in May. I have a question so do I write a motion addressing ALL 3 cases at different dates from one IP address? Or should I write 3 separate motions for each case & send them separately?

    3. So as I understand on my motion papers, on the very 1st page on top – I would write my email address, correct? Then I would go to post office (couple cities away from my city home location) and mail it ANONYMOUSLY through either buying priority mail stamps or use an automated mailing center? That way through this system, I wouldn’t have to put return address on top of the envelope?

    4. Im not understanding what is a certificate of service (I’m sorry English is NOT my primary language), what kind of name & address needs to be put at the end of “Certificate of Service” ? Who certifies it & where do I get that certification? Do I just put that “certificate of service” paper along that with my motion papers & send it to court, ISP and plaintiff ?

    • SJD says:

      While I’m aware of these trolls, my hands are full at this moment. I strongly advice you to explore dietrolldie.com: first of all he just wrote a post about Zembezia cases, and you may find your fellow victinms in the comments. Secondly, DieTrollDie has a lot of resources and guides regarding writing motions to quash. Good luck.

  16. Anonymous says:

    ARTE DE OAXACA SUBPOENAS – COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS – POINT OF INFORMATION:

    The suit in Cook County is done, gone, kaput. That’s what I was told by my attorney. For those of you who have retained counsel regarding this case, stop the defensive action after verifying this information, and get a refund on any unused retainer fees.

    WHEW! Thank God for small favors! Now to use Tor or HideMyAss.com. A traumatic lesson learned.

    One more thing…the paid (not the free one) version of Malwarebytes is VERY good at stopping access attempts to your computer while downloading Torrents. No, I have no connection to the company, other than having bought the software subscription. Wait for a promotion for the best price.

    By the way, if an item which is sold online (E-book, video or music) , or a movie’s admission cost is say, ten dollars, shouldn’t the extent of ones liability, assuming one hasn’t seeded it with their torrent client, be limited to the same ten dollars? Just a thought.

    THANK YOU goes to this site, its supporters and owner(s?), and everyone else supporting this most valuable source of information with data and yes, donations.

    • Anonymous says:

      So what you’re saying is you’ll keep doing illegal downloading but just hide yourself better? I’m trying to figure out if this is a comment by a troll to try and discredit this website and at the same time give the suit some validity. DON’T do any illegal downloading. If you do then you deserve the opportunity to defend your view at a trial.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hiding better while continuing to share other people’s content is not a response any of us approve of. It’s not your material. This isn’t torrentfreak.

        But wrong enough to deserve to go to federal court and face every penny you’ve ever had fines? For non-commercial activity that caused no quantifiable damage to the victim nor profit to the perpetrator? Nobody deserves that.

        Granting that someone does, even someone as apparently unrepentant as the OP, gives extortionist bullies like Lipscomb and Steele a moral high ground. I hope I’m not the only one to object to that.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Evidently the response to my saying I’ll be using Tor or HideMyAss.com got a rise out of an Angry Piggy(tm) or two. I didn’t say I’d be downloading copyright content anymore. I DID imply that I’d be using an anonymizer because it well….anonymizes one’s identity. I don’t like spy cookies, my email being harvested, my loss of privacy in certain areas, etc. This goes for ANY party that wants to invade my privacy or the privacy of my clients’ files and confidential information.

    Unfortunately, privacy legislation hasn’t caught up with technology, in that respect. As a result, operating system paradigms now include the ignoring of user privacy and conducting uncontrolled information harvesting with or without the user’s approval or knowledge. Such an option should be user-controllable, period. This includes anonymity.

    I also don’t use, nor do I need such sites as Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. My services are sufficiently in demand and if I haven’t maintained contact with someone for decades, why would I want to hear from them NOW? If I need someone, I can find them, and vice versa.

    I route all relevant *.temp, *.dat and *.log files to a ramdisk which erases them when I power down. I run CCleaner while online when I leave a site I consider intrusive, yet necessary and also just before I power down.

    I systematically block sites that are invasive. Noticing the Malwarebytes block/notification pop-ups during my torrents experience was a point of information. I DID mention I BOUGHT their software license.

    As for exposure to copyright trolls, I still think the total financial exposure of anyone should be limited to the retail value of ONE of the item, period, and legitimate copyright owners are entitled to recoup such damages, whether it’s a book, a movie, a software license, etc. This would eliminate the copyright trolls’ raison d’etre.

    I also don’t endorse seeding. Now that I know more about the technology of torrents, I don’t think that portion of the Web underbelly is my cup of tea.

    By the way, this site is to FIGHT COPYRIGHT TROLLS, and disseminate data that is on-topic, not to berate people who at the time they got caught up in all this, didn’t know any better. As far as I’m concerned, any philosophical discussion of the motives or ongoing activities of victims thereof, is off-topic and irrelevant.

    Tor works just fine. How one uses it is not your affair. Go find another outlet for your angst.

    Lastly, I don’t tolerate scammers. I’m surprised no one has snapped and done something drastic/terminal to one or more of these copyright trolls.

    This discussion thread is done. Get a life.

  18. A. says:

    How can I find out the “does” in a lawsuit. I don’t mean their names, I mean a list of their IP addresses that is being requested of the ISP provider, listing each IP address and wanting their name, address and internet contacts. The lawsuit is by Georgia Film Fund Four, LLC. who has filed hundreds of cases in several states with many “Does” in one single lawsuit cutting their costs by Thousands of dollars. The case I am referring to is # 1:13-cv-01082-RWS in the Northern District Court of Georgia.
    Thanks for any help you can give me in finding a list of the “does” in this case.

  19. Faye Abbott says:

    Can you give us some “reasons” to put in our Motion to squash or server from a lawsuit filed by Georgia Film Funds Four, LlC. I am involved in one of these “Joehn Doe” `-100 Cases in Ga. and am not guilty. I am 74 years old and don’t download movies. I think, since my network is not secured, that someone in my neighborhood got on the network and downloaded it. I am going to file a Motion to Squash the subpoena to my Ip provider and need to know exactly what to put init. Does the 4th Admendment enter into it. It is “MY privacy” at stake and I do not want them to be calling me and harrassing me for money, nor do I want them to serve a warrant on me to come to court. Please Help. There are hundreds of these Cases filed in Ga. and surrounding states by Georgia Film Fund Four, LLC over “Fire with Fire”. One was just lost because of them filing against 100 Does in one lawsuit. This should not be legal, why should they pay $ 350. to file one lawsuit., instead of $ 35,000. to file 100. Judge Pannell in Ga. ruled against this. We need a sample copy of a Motion to Squash and Server.

    Thank You!!

  20. nonameplz says:

    Faye Abbott

    You can get the information you need by going to dietrolldie.com, they have examples of how to quash these, templates you can fill out with case specifics, etc. you can also contact them with questions. It is probably important for you to act quickly and remember not to contact the troll directly!

  21. Finn Walther says:

    Hi. I can’t find any contact email anywhere on your site. Could you help me?

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