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EFF: torrentspy complaint

EFF: torrentspy complaint

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Loeb & Loeb
Limited Liability Partnership 
LOEB & LOEB LLPKAREN R. THORLAND (State Bar No. 172092)W. ALLAN EDMISTON (State Bar No. 228246)10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 2200Los Angeles, California 90067-4164Telephone:310.282.2000 Facsimile: 310.282.2200E-Mail:kthorland@loeb.comE-Mail:aedmiston@loeb.comJENNER & BLOCK LLPKATHERINE A. FALLOWDUANE C. POZZA (State Bar No. 225933)601 Thirteenth Street, N.W.Suite 1200 SouthWashington, D.C. 20005Telephone: 202.639.6000 Facsimile: 202.639.6066E-Mail: kfallow@jenner.comE-Mail: dpozza@jenner.comAttorneys for PlaintiffsUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIACOLUMBIA PICTURESINDUSTRIES, INC., DISNEYENTERPRISES, INC., PARAMOUNTPICTURES CORPORATION,TRISTAR PICTURES, INC.,TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILMCORPORATION, UNIVERSAL CITYSTUDIOS LLLP, UNIVERSAL CITYSTUDIOS PRODUCTIONS LLLP, andWARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENTINC., Delaware corporations,Plaintiffs,vs.JUSTIN BUNNELL, FORRESTPARKER, WES PARKER, individuals,VALENCE MEDIA, LLC, acorporation, and DOES 1-10,Defendants.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))Case No.
COMPLAINT FOR COPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENT
 
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Loeb & Loeb
Limited Liability Partnership 
Plaintiffs Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Columbia”), DisneyEnterprises, Inc. (“Disney”), Paramount Pictures Corporation (“Paramount”),TriStar Pictures, Inc. (“TriStar”), Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (“Fox”),Universal City Studios LLLP (“Universal”), Universal City Studios ProductionsLLLP (“Universal Productions”), and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) hereby allege as follows:
Jurisdiction And Venue
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This is a civil action seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement under the copyright laws of the United States, and thereforethe Court has jurisdiction under 17 U.S.C. § 101
et seq.
; 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federalquestion jurisdiction); and 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a) (jurisdiction over copyright actions).2.
 
Personal jurisdiction over the Defendants is proper. On informationand belief, each of the Defendants resides, may be found, has a principal place of  business, and/or does business in California. Further, on information and belief,each Defendant conducts business with other Defendants and/or unnamed entities inorder to operate their website as part of a business venture that is centered inCalifornia. Additionally, Defendants have chosen to direct their infringing activitiestowards California in particular. Defendants enable users, including Californiaresidents, to access torrent files on their website, and the users’ computers interactwith the website to download infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ works. In fact, thevoluminous acts of direct infringement for which Defendants are liable require ahigh level of interaction between users’ computers and Defendants’ website. Oninformation and belief, many of these acts of direct infringement for whichDefendants are liable occur in California, where California residents accessDefendants’ website in order to download infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ works. Inthese and other ways, Defendants have had continuous contact with the State of California and its residents.
 
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Loeb & Loeb
Limited Liability Partnership 
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Venue in this District is proper under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) and/or 28U.S.C. § 1400(a). On information and belief, each Defendant may be found in thisDistrict, and/or a substantial part of the acts of infringement complained of hereinoccurs or has occurred in this District.
Nature Of The Case
4.
 
This is a case of willful and rampant infringement of copyright over theInternet. Defendants knowingly enable, encourage, induce and profit from massiveonline piracy – piracy Defendants could stop, but refuse to.5.
 
Defendants operate a website as part of an online computer network known as “BitTorrent.” Defendants do so to enable their users to locate anddownload infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ valuable copyrighted motion pictures andtelevision shows for free and without authorization. Defendants operate their website with the express object of promoting its use to infringe Plaintiffs’copyrights.6.
 
Defendants’ users simultaneously distribute infringing copies of thosesame works to countless others around the world. As a direct result of Defendants’conduct, thousands of the most popular motion pictures and television shows – fromnew releases that are still in theaters to blockbuster DVD releases to today’s most popular television shows – are infringed every day. Absent Defendants’ active andongoing participation in the daily acts of infringement, this widespread unauthorizedcopying and distribution of Plaintiffs’ valuable property simply could not happen onthe scale that it does. The harm to Plaintiffs, who invest millions of dollars andenormous creative energies to produce their creative copyrighted works, is manifestand irreparable.
Copyright Infringement and the BitTorrent Network 
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BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer network optimized for the copying anddistribution of large files. On a “peer-to-peer” network, the actual exchange of the

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