Content companies efforts at enforcing their copyrights seem to be geographically focused on few areas. In Illinois, the content companies appear to have given up on the Central and Southern Districts – the Southern District has not seen a file sharing case since 2012, and the Central District has not seen one since September 2013.
As shown by the following map, the districts are determined on county boundaries. If you live outside of the Northern District, there is a good chance that any file sharing activities will go unnoticed (at least for now).
There are numerous possible reasons for this. Most Illinois IP attorneys are located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, thereby presenting a stronger possibility that attorneys with relationships with content companies would be in and around Chicago. Alternatively, the content companies may have made a conscious decision to focus on population centers, or on areas with higher incomes.
Whatever the reason, it seems that file sharers in Central and Southern Illinois have a lot less to worry about than their fellows in the Northern District.
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC filed eight more cases in the Northern District of Illinois against another 294 Does. These cases seek to enforce the copyright in the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” and will likely result in another round of ISP subpoena letters going out in 6 – 10 weeks. The individual cases are:
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-31 (Case No. 2014-CV-3997)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-30 (Case No. 2014-CV-4000)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-32 (Case No. 2014-CV-4002)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-33 (Case No. 2014-CV-4004)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-36 (Case No. 2014-CV-4006)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-38 (Case No. 2014-CV-4008)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-45 (Case No. 2014-CV-4010)
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Does 1-49 (Case No. 2014-CV-4012)
This brings the total number of Does sued in the Northern District of Illinois to 1139.
TorrentFreak, a site devoted to Torrent users, published this article on the various lawsuits filed by Dallas Buyers Club, LLC.
If you are identified by your ISP as the Doe in a file sharing lawsuit, the following article contains some helpful tips on how to deal with these kinds of suits:
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