Description: The article is about pacer login. This passage discusses one of the most important factors to look at in deciding whether or not to respond to the cease and desist letter or notice of a subpoena served on your ISP. You can use the federal PACER online federal court case database to find those out.
We are talking about copyright lawsuits,some people may refer it to legal extortion,other people may refer it to a shakedown. This article is going to talk about whether you should respond to a copyright cease and desist letter or ignore it. I’m going to give you some general tips.
This is a blog I wrote,this is off our website. You can go to copyright bully.com,that’s our Resource Center for file-sharing lawsuits and subpoenas investigations. We talked about cease and desist letters and some other factors that we look at. I’m going to point you to this section. This is the article that we wrote. We are talking about this particular factor.
Does the copyright holder have a history of filing suits? Should we respond to the letter that you received? You may have received a demand letter asking for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for an illegally downloaded video,oftentimes it is pornographic adult video,they might try to use it to embarrass you.
You can find out whether this is something that you are going to get sued if you don’t respond. The copyright holder has a history of filing lawsuits. How do you figure that out? You can do a simple search. Let’s pick a company. Does Microsoft sue for illegal downloads?
You can do a simple search like that. That’s something that you can take a look at. There’s something about BitTorrent. I’m going to share one of my secrets with you,it is something I like to use. I’ll switch over to a new screen. It’s called pacer. If you haven’t heard of this,this is a big tool for attorneys and litigators,this is a goldmine of information.
What is pacer? Pacer is a federal online database that tells you about all the cases that are being filed in the federal courts. The first thing you’re going to do is to click the register,you can register for an account. I’m not sure if it asks you for a credit card. You can buy documents,they’re not expensive,you need to do the registration so you are able to get in and use it. You can get to your registration page,that will walk you through the process.
After you are registered,you can click this find a case button,this is handy. You can go all courts. You can look at appellate court cases. You can look up bankruptcy filings. You can look up and see if your friends file bankruptcy,that’s something people always do. You can look up your civil cases,criminal cases and multi district litigation.
If you have the case numbers,you can put that in. I am going to figure these things out. I’ll type in copyright. The nature of the lawsuit is copyright. Let’s go with our Microsoft example. We want to find out whether Microsoft sue people for illegally downloading their products or not. Do they file a suit?
If you got a letter from Microsoft or one of their attorneys saying you’re illegally downloading and sharing files on BitTorrent,you can come in here and put their party names. If it’s a person or a law firm,you can look up the attorneys to see if the attorneys filed lawsuits.
You can click the search button,you’ll be able to see that in a second. I’ll show you that. We’re looking at Microsoft,we want to know whether it is going to sue you,you can click the search button. There’s a case about Microsoft,you can see the PLA,that means they are the plaintiff.
There are lots of plaintiffs actions by Microsoft,they are not afraid to sue you. There’s the date they were filed,there’s the date they were closed. This was filed in October 2007,the case didn’t close until August of the following year,that was a nine month lawsuit.
This will tell you the court. You can see the different courts. That’s probably Utah. This is golden information. I hope you are taking notes and being a good student. A box pops up and it shows you a lot of different associated cases. I’ll show you who the attorney is. This is a case summary,I will get into the legal filings,let’s see what’s going on.
I’m going to run a query. I’m going to find the oldest date. There’s the case,it’s Microsoft vs. Marshall. This was filed in 2007,this case ended. Sometimes you can go towards the bottom to find out what happened.
Somebody would drew his attorney. I am going to the complaint section. What is this? I’d like to know about that. You can click the complaint,there’s the document,it’s a twenty page complaint. That’s not important,but if you want to look at it,you can do that.
There are all the exhibits to the complaints,you can go through them and click on any of these,you will get a pay form. Let’s get to the complaint,let’s see what’s going on. I’m going to pay for this twenty pages two bucks. You can come in here,there’s the law firm,there’s where they’re at.
Plaintiff was Microsoft Central Division,they were suing somebody as a dealer. This is an action by Microsoft to recover damages arising from infringement of Microsoft’s copyrights and trademarks in its software and related components. You can get a look at the parties and the jurisdiction,you can see where the case is and why it is there.
You’re getting down. They’re talking about Windows XP Professional,there are some infringement claims that Microsoft holds. You’re going into all this,there are Microsoft Office Excel,Outlook,PowerPoint,office Pro,those are different publishers. Somebody is being sued.
There was a big lawsuit,those are things being filed. Based on the search of this,you can tell that Microsoft will sue for infringement. That can be one of the factors for you to decide weather you should respond or ignore the letter you receive.
That’s some general information. I hope that’s helpful. If you need some help in a copyright infringement case,a software audit or a cease and desist letter,you can give us a call. If you get a notice of infringement from your ISP trying to ascertain your identity,you can give us a call or you can find out more information at copyright bully.com.