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Voltage Pictures, LLC v. Does 1-198

Voltage Pictures, LLC v. Does 1-198

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Published by Kenan Farrell
Oregon District Court copyright complaint
Oregon District Court copyright complaint

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Published by: Kenan Farrell on Feb 25, 2013
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 COMPLAINT Eugene Page 1 of 18Carl D. Crowell, OSB No. 982049email: crowell@kite.comC
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 P.O. Box 923Salem, OR 97308(503) 581-1240Of attorneys for plaintiff 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF OREGONEUGENE DIVISIONVOLTAGE PICTURES, LLC,
 Plaintiff,v.
DOES 1 – 198,
Defendants.Case No.: 6:13-cv-00290COMPLAINTCOPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTDEMAND FOR JURY TRIALPlaintiff Voltage Pictures, LLC a limited liability company, (“Voltage” / “Plaintiff”)complains and alleges as follows:
INTRODUCTION
1.
 
Plaintiff Voltage is in the business of producing, marketing and distributing motionpictures which have won numerous awards including at least six (6) Academy Awards (Oscars)and numerous other recognitions.2.
 
In the production of a motion picture there are countless expenses and labors, many of which are not evident in the final project. Such expenses and labors include writers, staff 
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 COMPLAINT Eugene Page 2 of 18persons, construction workers and others who are often union based employees working for amedian salary.3.
 
Indeed, the final product produced, which may be less than two hours long is oftensourced from hundreds of days and tens of thousands of hours of labor, followed by nearcountless hours of post-production until the final product is ready for viewing in a theatre or athome.4.
 
 The end product that many consumers see is a few hours in a theater, or possibly a DVDproduct that once production is complete has a nominal cost on a per-viewing experience.However this is misleading to the true costs of the motion picture as the costs to view acompleted motion picture or produce a single DVD are nominal compared to what is often yearsof work by thousands of people leading up to the end product.5.
 
Added to this is that the only people publicly seen related to the end product, movie starsand those that are known to be affiliated with motion pictures, such as directors and otherpersons of note, are all generally the highest compensated persons involved with the productionof the work leading to the common misunderstanding that people involved in motion pictures arealready wealthy.6.
 
When the perception that those affiliated with a motion picture are already wealthy, andthe end product, such as a DVD only costs very little to make, a reality disconnect often builds inthe minds of much of the public, namely that those associated with a motion picture do not needany more money.7.
 
When this reality disconnect meets with the ready availability of pirated copies of motionpictures and the ease at which they can be illegally copied and downloaded at an almostanonymous level, many people feel justified in their pirating or theft of motion pictures.
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 COMPLAINT Eugene Page 3 of 188.
 
 The result is that despite the industry’s efforts to capitalize on internet technology andreduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such asthrough Netflix™, Hulu™, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology tosteal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying anddistribution of motion pictures.9.
 
A common means of illegally copying and distributing content on the internet is throughthe use of a peer-to-peer network such as BitTorrent.10.
 
In this case each of the defendants has participated in illegally copying and distributingplaintiff’s motion picture via BitTorrent.
 JURISDICTION AND VENUE
 11.
 
 This is a suit for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement underthe United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq. (“The CopyrightAct”).12.
 
 This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a).13.
 
Venue in this district is proper pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 1400(a).14.
 
More particularly, venue is proper in this district. Though the true identity of thedefendants are unknown at this time, plaintiff has used geolocation technology to determine that,upon information and belief, each defendant conducted acts of copying plaintiff’s work in thisstate, and more specifically in this district.//////
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