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Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Bittorrent Swarm

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
277 F.R.D. 672 (2011)


Facts

Liberty Media Holdings, LLC (Liberty) (plaintiff) owned the copyright to a movie. Liberty brought a copyright infringement suit against 38 individuals (John Does 1-38) (defendants) who used a BitTorrent swarm to download the movie. BitTorrent swarms offered a form of decentralized file downloading, by which individuals technically download tiny portions of a given file from several different users. A computer program then assembled the full desired file once the user has downloaded all of the portions. The John Does downloaded the movie at different times over a two-month period. Liberty sought to join all 38 John Does in one suit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Moore, J.)

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