March 14, 2006

Jenner & Block recently filed lawsuits on behalf of several major motion picture studios against the operators of seven websites that allegedly enable individuals to illegally download and distribute movies, television programs, and other copyrighted works.

The suits assert that the websites are perpetuating “massive online piracy” by allowing users to obtain electronic copies of TV shows and movies posted on “Usenet” online discussion groups, as well as on online distribution networks known as "BitTorrent" and "eDonkey."

The operators cause the entertainment industry “tremendous and irreparable harm,” the complaints say, because the websites undercut the industries’ own legitimate distribution efforts. The plaintiffs seek to recover the maximum statutory damage amount of $150,000 per infringement.

The complaints were filed in the federal courts against website operators in Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Michigan, New York, Utah and Florida.

“A single look at Defendants’ website is all one needs to recognize that Defendants are facilitating and profiting from massive copyright infringement over the Internet,” the Firm’s complaints conclude.

The Jenner & Block team representing the members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filing suit in this action includes Partners Steven B. Fabrizio and Katherine A. Fallow and Associate Duane C. Pozza.


Please click here to view the complaint filed in Texas.