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Nic Cage Vehicle Out for “Vengeance” Against Oregon BitTorrent Users

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Justice Everywhere Productions, LLC, the purported owner of copyrights in the 2017 film Vengeance: A Love Story, has filed BitTorrent copyright infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, continuing the status of the Oregon District as a testing ground for new film titles in “troll-style” BitTorrent litigation.

Vengeance stars Nicolas Cage as a troubled police detective on a vigilante mission to avenge a brutal crime committed against a single mother.  The film currently boasts a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with no apparent critical reviews.  The audience is also treated to Don Johnson in a supporting role.

The complaints allege that Justice Everywhere Productions is “an affiliate of Hannibal Classics, a production company with a notable catalog of major motion pictures.” Said catalog is heavy on other titles also featuring the meme favorite, Mr. Cage (and John Travolta as well).  According to Troll Defense research, these Oregon Vengeance suits are the first foray by Hannibal Classics into “troll-style” copyright litigation, but we anticipate other titles becoming subject to future BitTorrent suits.

Like many other similar lawsuits filed in the District of Oregon, these cases were filed by Salem, OR attorney Carl D. Crowell and Crowell Law.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 05/12/2017
Case No. 3:17-cv-00757
Justice Everywhere Productions, LLC v. Doe-50.139.98.225

Filed: 05/12/2017
Case No. 3:17-cv-00758
Justice Everywhere Productions, LLC v. Doe-50.39.196.5

“Undisputed” Franchise Steps Into Torrent Troll Ring in Carolina

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Several BitTorrent lawsuits were filed by UN4 Productions, Inc. in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the North Carolina U.S. District Courts.

These suits allege BitTorrent-based copyright infringement of the 2016 action flick Boyka: Undisputed, also known as Undisputed IV, which stars Scott Adkins as an MMA fighter grappling with the fallout from an accidental death in the ring.  As of this posting, the film has a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with known media critics apparently declining to review it.

As Troll Defense reported earlier, UN4 Productions is connected with Nu Image/Millennium Films, which has been associated with countless  prior BitTorrent lawsuits, including those involving films such as Mechanic: ResurrectionLondon Has FallenCriminal, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

The new Boyka lawsuits  allege copyright infringement by dozens of “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Along with generic allegations of BitTorrent-based copyright infringement, the suits seek statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

Like other North Carolina BitTorrent suits, these complaints were signed by Cary, N.C. attorneys Kathleen M. Lynch and/or R. Matthew Van Sickle.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 05/12/2017
Case No. 5:17-cv-00232
UN4 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-15

Filed: 05/12/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00444
UN4 PRODUCTIONS, INC. V. DOES 1-12

Filed: 05/17/2017
Case No. 5:17-cv-00238
UN4 Productions, Inc v. John Doe 1-12

Filed: 05/17/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00453
UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-10

Filed: 05/17/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00455
UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-14

MMA Fight-Flick Franchise “Undisputed” Trolls Oregon ISP Subscribers

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UN4 Productions, Inc., the purported owner of copyrights in the martial arts film Boyka: Undisputed, has filed BitTorrent copyright infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, continuing the status of the Oregon District as a testing ground for new film titles in “troll-style” BitTorrent litigation.

The new cases center on the 2016 action flick also known as Undisputed IV, which stars Scott Adkins as an MMA fighter grappling with the fallout from an accidental death in the ring.  As of this posting, the film has a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with known media critics apparently declining to review it.

The complaints allege that UN4 Productions is “an affiliate of Millennium Media, a production company and distributor of a notable catalog of major motion pictures.” It has been reported that Nu Image/Millennium Films acquired the Bulgarian production company involved in Boyka in 2005, then re-naming it “Nu Boyana.”  Titles affiliated with Nu Image/Millennium Films have been the subject of numerous prior BitTorrent lawsuits, including films such as Mechanic: ResurrectionLondon Has FallenCriminal, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

Like many other similar lawsuits filed in the District of Oregon, these cases were filed by Salem, OR attorney Carl D. Crowell and Crowell Law. A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 05/08/2017
Case No. 3:17-cv-00721
UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-76.27.210.76

Filed: 05/08/2017
Case No. 3:17-cv-00722
UN4 Productions, Inc. v. Doe-71.238.54.166

WWE Studios Enters Troll-Suit Game with “Eliminators” Filing in Connecticut Court

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

WWE Studios Finance Corp., the purported owner of copyrights to the 2016 film Eliminators, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against 14 Doe defendants in the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.  This is perhaps the first foray by WWE Studios into “troll-style” copyright litigation, although the company has been active since 2002, typically in producing and marketing films featuring professional wrestlers known from WWE’s live promotions.

Eliminators is an action film starring Scott Adkins and WWE wrestler Wade Barrett.  The “direct-to-video” release was apparently not reviewed by most mainstream critics.

The Eliminators complaint makes typical allegations of copyright infringement via BitTorrent file-sharing software, with details regarding the several Does’ asserted common participation in a file-sharing “swarm.”  The lawsuit seeks statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

And, as with hundreds other similar BitTorrent lawsuits filed in recent years, Voltage Pictures, LLC is the likely instigator, with a co-production credit on Eliminators. As with other similar cases filed in the District, the WWE Studios case was filed by Jan I. Berlage of Gohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage LLP in Baltimore, MD.  Below is a case listing with link to the complaint.

Filed: 04/06/2017
Case No: 3:17-cv-00572
WWE Studios Finance Corp. v. Does 1-14

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of the case can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

ME2 Troll Copyright Suits Surface in Hawai’i Federal Court (UPDATED 4/17/17)

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

New BitTorrent copyright cases were initiated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii by ME2 Productions, Inc., following a great number of similar “troll-style” lawsuits filed across the country.

As Troll Defense reported before, ME2 Productions, Inc. has rights in the 2016 action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection, which stars Jessica Alba and Jason Stratham.  The film’s predecessor, The Mechanic, was also the subject of prior BitTorrent lawsuits.

ME2 Productions is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, which hold interests in films that have been litigated in many prior and pending enforcement actions, including Septembers in Shiraz, Criminal, London Has Fallen, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

The new suits filed in Hawai’i allege copyright infringement by scores of separate “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software.  The plaintiffs are out for statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

Like other BitTorrent cases in the same District Court, each of these cases was filed by attorney Kerry S. Culpepper of Culpepper IP, PLLC in Kailua-Kona, HI.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 02/21/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00078
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-20

Filed: 02/21/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00079
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-19

Filed: 03/03/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00096
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-16

Filed: 03/03/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00098
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-15

Filed: 03/24/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00130
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-20

Filed: 03/24/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00131
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-20

Filed: 04/05/2017
Case No. 1:17-cv-00155
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-20

“Mechanic: Resurrection” Expands National Troll Suit Campaign into Utah Court (UPDATED 4/17/17)

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

New BitTorrent copyright cases were initiated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah by ME2 Productions, Inc., following a great number of similar “troll-style” lawsuits filed across the country.

As Troll Defense reported before, ME2 Productions, Inc. has rights in the 2016 action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection, which stars Jessica Alba and Jason Stratham.  The film’s predecessor, The Mechanic, was also the subject of prior BitTorrent lawsuits.

ME2 Productions is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, which hold interests in films that have been litigated in many prior and pending enforcement actions, including Septembers in Shiraz, Criminal, London Has Fallen, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

The new suits filed allege copyright infringement by scores of separate “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software.  The plaintiffs are out for statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

Like other BitTorrent cases in the District, the complaints were signed by Salt Lake City attorney Todd E. Zenger of Kirton McConkie.  A case listing, with links to the complaints, are below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 03/03/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00157
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-23

Filed: 03/03/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00158
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-25

Filed: 03/10/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00178
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-23

Filed: 03/10/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00179
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-25

Filed: 03/15/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00189
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-22

Filed: 03/15/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00190
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-29

Filed: 03/15/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00191
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-27

Super-Troll ME2 Productions Drops BitTorrent Suits in Seattle District Court (UPDATED 5/19/17)

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

Several new BitTorrent copyright cases were lodged in the U.S. District for the Western District of Washington by ME2 Productions, Inc., following a great number of similar “troll-style” lawsuits filed across the country.

As Troll Defense reported before, ME2 Productions, Inc. has rights in the 2016 action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection, which stars Jessica Alba and Jason Stratham.  The film’s predecessor, The Mechanic, was also the subject of prior BitTorrent lawsuits.

ME2 Productions is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, which hold interests in films that have been litigated in many prior and pending enforcement actions, including Septembers in Shiraz, Criminal, London Has Fallen, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

The new suits filed in Seattle allege copyright infringement by scores of separate “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software.  The plaintiffs are out for statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

UPDATE (2/1/17): Four additional ME2 Productions suits were filed in recent weeks.

UPDATE (3/12/17): Three additional ME2 Productions suits were filed in recent weeks.

UPDATE (5/19/17): Three additional ME2 Productions suits were filed in recent weeks.

Like many other similar lawsuits filed in the Western District, these cases were filed by attorney David A. Lowe of Lowe Graham Jones PLLC.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 11/16/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01776
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-22

Filed: 11/16/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01778
ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-15

Filed: 12/08/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01881
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-17

Filed: 12/08/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01882
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-13

Filed: 12/21/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01950
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-15

Filed: 12/21/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01953
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-17

Filed: 01/24/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00099
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-25

Filed: 01/24/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00100
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-8

Filed: 02/07/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00181
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-16

Filed: 02/07/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00182
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-18

Filed: 02/17/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00250
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-15

Filed: 03/22/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00465
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-14

Filed: 03/22/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00466
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-10

Filed: 05/03/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00694
ME2 Productions, Inc v. Does 1-14

Millennium Films Properties Go “Troll” On Connecticut Citizens

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

Over recent months, several new copyright suits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut by LHF Productions, Inc. and ME2 Productions, Inc., further confirming the reputation of their common affiliate, Nu Image / Millennium Films, as one of the most prolific “troll-style” copyright enforcers in the nation.

LHF Productions holds copyrights to the action flick London Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart in an assassination plot caper. This follows many other LHF suits filed over the past year in other jurisdictions.

As Troll Defense reported before, ME2 Proudctions Inc. has rights in the 2016 action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection, which stars Jessica Alba and Jason Stratham.  The films’s predecessor, The Mechanic, was also the subject of BitTorrent lawsuits.

As noted, LHF and ME2 are each affiliates of Nu Image / Millennium Films, which hold interests in films that have been the subject of prior enforcement actions, including Septembers in Shiraz, Criminal, Automata, The Humbling, The Expendables, Charlie Countryman and Bad Lieutenant.

The new suits allege copyright infringement by  scores of separate “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software.  The plaintiffs are out for statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

These complaints were each signed by lawyer Jan I. Berlage of Gohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage LLP in Baltimore, MD.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 08/16/2016
Case No. 3:16-cv-01393
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-15

Filed: 10/11/2016
Case No. 3:16-cv-01689
LHF Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-11

Filed: 11/07/2016
Case No. .3:16-cv-01834
ME2 Productions v. Does 1-11

Filed: 11/07/2016
Case No. 3:16-cv-01835
ME2 Productions v. Does 1-14

Filed: 11/08/2016
Case No. 3:16-cv-01837
ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-19

Filed: 11/08/2016
Case No. 3:16-cv-01838
ME2 Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-12

More “Troll-Style” Copyright Cases in Seattle Federal Court (UPDATED 3/12/17)

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

Two film production companies have filed BitTorrent copyright infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, continuing national campaigns of “Troll” copyright litigation by these companies and their affiliates.

Two suits were lodged by Cook Productions, LLC, an entity holding copyrights in the recently released Eddie Murphy period drama, Mr. Church.  The film was awarded one star in a RogerEbert.com review, and panned by other critics as reflected in a 15% Rotten Tomatoes score, while audience reviews seemed to be more favorable.

As troll defense previously reported, Cook Productions is an affiliate of Cinelou Films, a production company with a “notable catalog of major motion pictures.” The Mr. Church lawsuits  filed in Washington and various other federal courts across the U.S. represent the first known attempts by Cinelou Films at “troll-style” copyright litigation.

Another case was brought in the name of I.T. Productions, LLC which holds rights in the 2016 film, I.T., a “techno-thriller” starring Pierce Brosnan as a technophobic aviation tycoon troubled by technical problems affecting his launch of a new aircraft rental app.  I.T. Productions is an affiliate of Voltage Pictures, LLC, the instigator of countless other BitTorrent lawsuits involving film titles such as Dallas Buyers Club, Good Kill, The Cobbler, Fathers & Daugthers, Pay the Ghost, and The Hurt Locker.

These complaints allege copyright infringement by “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Along with generic allegations of BitTorrent-based copyright infringement, the suits seek statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

Like many other similar lawsuits filed in the Western District, these cases were filed by attorney David A. Lowe of Lowe Graham Jones PLLC.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 11/16/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01775
I.T. Productions, LLC v. Does 1-20

Filed: 12/08/2016
Case No. 2:16-cv-01884
Cook Productions, LLC v. Does 1-14

Filed: 01/24/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00101
Cook Productions, LLC v. Does 1-8

Filed: 02/17/2017
Case No. 2:17-cv-00252
Cook Productions, LLC v. Does 1-7

“Mr. Church” Troll Suits Get Cookin’ In North Carolina

Posted in BitTorrent Lawsuits, Copyrights, Film

Scores of BitTorrent lawsuits were filed by Cook Productions, LLC in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the North Carolina U.S. District Courts.

Cook Productions holds copyrights in the recently released Eddie Murphy period drama, Mr. Church.  The film was awarded one star in a RogerEbert.com review, and panned by other critics as reflected in a 15% Rotten Tomatoes score, while audience reviews seemed to be more favorable.

As troll defense previously reported, Cook Productions is an affiliate of Cinelou Films, a production company with a “notable catalog of major motion pictures.” The Mr. Church lawsuits  filed in North Carolina and various other courts across the U.S. represent the first known attempts by Cinelou Films at “troll-style” copyright litigation.

The new Mr. Church lawsuits  allege copyright infringement by “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Along with generic allegations of BitTorrent-based copyright infringement, the suits seek statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.

Like other North Carolina BitTorrent suits, these complaints were signed by Cary, N.C. attorneys Kathleen M. Lynch and/or R. Matthew Van Sickle.  A case listing with links to the complaints is below.

Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of these actions can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.

Filed: 11/17/2016
Case No. 5:16-cv-00909
Cook Productions, LLC v. Does

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 5:16-cv-00924
Cook Productions, LLC v. Does

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 1:16-cv-01369
COOK PRODUCTIONS, LLC V. DOES 1-5

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 1:16-cv-01372
COOK PRODUCTIONS, LLC V. DOES 1-7

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 1:16-cv-01373
COOK PRODUCTIONS, LLC V. DOES 1-9

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 1:16-cv-01374
COOK PRODUCTIONS, LLC V. DOES 1-11

Filed: 11/30/2016
Case No. 1:16-cv-01375
COOK PRODUCTIONS, LLC V. DOES 1-11