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COMPLAINT - Patrick Collins and K-Beech v Does 1-414

COMPLAINT - Patrick Collins and K-Beech v Does 1-414

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Plaintiffs,
COMPLAINTINEQUITYFORAPUREBILLOFDISCOVERY
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FILED
DEC192011
HARVEYRUV!N
CLERK
INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHE
11th
JUDICIALCIRCUITINANDFORMIAMI-DADECOUNTY,FLORIDACASENO.
11-42412/CA30
PATRICKCOLLINS,INC.,aCaliforniacorporation,K-BEECH,INC.,aCaliforniacorporation,vs.JOHNDOES1-414,
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Defendants.Plaintiffs,PATRICKCOLLINS,INC.,andK-BEECH,INC.,herebysueDefendants,JohnDoes1-414(eacha"Defendant"andcollectivelythe"Defendants"),andallege:
NATUREOFTHEACTION
1.ThroughthisComplaint,PlaintiffsseektoidentifyeachoftheDefendantssothatPlaintiffsmayfileacopyrightinfringementactionagainsteachofthem.
PARTIES,IDruSDICTIONANDVENUE
2.Plaintiff,PATRICKCOLLINS,INC.,isacorporationorganizedandexistingunderthelawsoftheStateofCaliforniaandmaintainsitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat8015DeeringAvenue,CanogaPark,CA91304.3.Plaintiff,K-BEECH,INC.,isacorporationorganizedandexistingunderthelawsofCaliforniaandmaintainsitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat9601MasonAve,UnitB,Chatsworth,CA91311.4.EachDefendantisknowntoPlaintiffsonlybyanIPaddress.
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5.
An
IP
addressisanumberthatisassignedbyanInternetServiceProvider(an
I
I
I
"ISP")todevices,suchascomputers,thatareconnectedtotheInternet.
6.
TheISPtowhicheachDefendantsubscribescancorrelatetheDefendant's
IP
addresstotheDefendant'strueidentity.7.Pursuantto§48.193(1)-(2),Fla.Stat.,thisCourthaspersonaljurisdictionovereachDefendantbecauseeachDefendantcommittedasubstantialaspectofthetortofcopyrightinfringementinFloridaandthepartofthetortofcopyrightinfringementcommittedinFloridawasessentialtothesuccessofthetort.SeeExhibitsA-B(demonstratingthateachDefendantwasamemberofa"swarm"ofinfringers,definedbelow,thatconnectedtoacomputerlocatedinFloridatouploadanddownloadinformationnecessarytocompletethetortofcopyrightinfringement.)8.PursuanttoChapter47,FloridaStatutes,venueisproperinMiami-DadeCounty,Florida,becauseoneormoreoftheDefendantsresideinMiami-DadeCountyand/orbecausethecauseofactionaccruedinthisCounty.
9.
ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthismatterbecauseapurebillofdiscoveryfallswithintheexclusiveoriginalequityjurisdictionoftheCircuitCourt.SeeArt.V,
§
20(c)(3),Fla.Const.;
§
26.012(2)(c),Fla.Stat.
FACTUALALLEGATIONS
10.All
conditionsprecedenttothefilingofthisactionhaveoccurred,havebeenperformed,orhaveotherwisebeenwaivedorexcused.
11.
Plaintiffsaretheownerofthecopyright(s)forthemotionpicture(s)setforthnexttothatPlaintiff'snameonExhibitsA-B,(eachindividuallya"Work"andcollectivelythe"Works").2
 
12.EachoftheDoeDefendantsinfringedtheWorksetforthnexttotheDoe'snumberonExhibitA.13.Assetforthbelow,oneormoreofthePlaintiffshaveactionableclaimsfordirectandcontributorycopyrightinfringementagainsteachoftheDefendantsbasedoneachDefendant'suseofthe"BitTorrent"protocoltoillegallydownload,reproduce,redistributeandperformoneofPlaintiffsWorks.
A.TheUnknownDefendantsUsedBitTorrenttoInfringePlaintiffs'Copyrights
14."BitTorrent"isoneofthemostcommonpeer-to-peerfilesharingprotocols(i.e.,setofcomputerrules)usedfordistributinglargeamountsofdata;indeed,ithasbeenestimatedthatusersusingtheBitTorrentprotocolontheinternetaccountforoveraquarterofallinternettraffic.15.TheBitTorrentprotocol'spopularitystemsfromitsabilitytodistributealargefilewithoutcreatingaheavyloadonthesourcecomputerandnetwork.Inshort,toreducetheloadonthesourcecomputer,ratherthandownloadingafilefromasinglesourcecomputer(onecomputerdirectlyconnectedtoanother),theBitTorrentprotocolallowsuserstojoina"swarm"ofhostcomputerstodownloadanduploadfromeachothersimultaneously(onecomputerconnectedtonumerouscomputers).
B.EachDefendantInstalledaBitTorrentClientontohisorherComputer
16.EachDefendantinstalledaBitTorrentClientontohisorhercomputer.17.ABitTorrent"Client"isasoftwareprogramthatimplementstheBitTorentprotocol.Therearenumeroussuchsoftwareprogramsincludingu'IorrentandVuze,bothofwhichcanbedirectlydownloadedfromtheinternet.Seewww.utorrent.comandhttp://new.vuze-downloads.coml.3

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