A California corporation filed a copyright infringement action in the Northern District of Florida against 259 John Doe Defendants. Plaintiff issued an unknown number of subpoenas seeking information about the identities of the Defendants. In essence, Plaintiff was improperly utilizing the court's procedures to extort settlements from potentially innocent individuals. Plaintiff, and other mass-copyright plaintiffs, harass potentially innocent individuals with threats of statutory damages and legal fees and embarrass them by naming them as defendants in actions for copyright infringement of explicit pornographic videos. The attached Motion asks the court to sever and dismiss the Defendants for improper joinder, quash the subpoenas directed to Defendants' Internet service providers, and, in the alternative issue, a protective order limiting the disclosures by the Internet service providers pending further review and argument.
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