Before I Go Productions, Inc., the owner of rights to the 2014 Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go to Sleep, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court in Oregon. This appears to be the first such lawsuit in the U.S., outside of earlier suits in Illinois, according to Antonelli Law.
Before I Go to Sleep, which also features Colin Firth, was released in 2014 to mixed reviews. A Variety review commented that it was a “dopey diversion,” with the viewer’s attention mostly drawn to the film’s “escalating, po-faced ludicrousness.”
The new lawsuit in Oregon alleges copyright infringement by 6 separate “Doe” parties through their use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Along with generic allegations of BitTorrent-based copyright infringement, the suits also state that “BIG comes to court seeking relief as the motion picture, once released, became one of the most trafficked films in the BitTorrent network and is being illegally downloaded and distributed countless times worldwide with many confirmed instances of infringing activity traced to Oregon.” The case seeks statutory damages pursuant to the Copyright Act, attorney’s fees and costs, and an injunction against further infringement.
The complaint also alleges that the plaintiff “is an affiliate of Nu Image / Millennium Films, production companies and distributors of a notable catalog of major motion pictures.” In addition to Before I Go to Sleep, several other films distributed or produced by Nu Image/Millennium have been the subject of prior BitTorrent copyright enforcement actions, including The Expendables, Charlie Countryman, Bad Lieutenant, Automata and The Humbling.
Like many other similar lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, the Before I Go Productions case was filed by Salem, OR attorney Carl D. Crowell and Crowell Law. A case listing with link to the complaint is below.
Parties and subscribers receiving ISP notices of the case can contact attorney Benjamin Justus for a free consultation regarding possible options.
Case No: 3:15-cv-02278
Before I Go Productions, Inc. v. Doe-18.104.22.168 et al