LIGHTSPEED MEDIA CORP.

I have added this page for internet users who have been entangled in the Lightspeed Media Corporation cases.  The goal here is to keep up to date on this copyright troll, and to discuss the production company’s various cases.  Should you learn of any updates regarding one of their cases, please post it here using the following format — (e.g., “Lightspeed Media Corporation v. John Doe  (Case No. 11-L-683) filed in the Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit in St. Clair County, Illinois“).  Please also feel free to post new cases you find on the http://www.rfcexpress.com website where Lightspeed Media Corp. is listed as the plaintiff.

Remember to please exercise discretion when posting (e.g., do not post your real name or e-mail address), and as usual, avoid using vulgar or offensive language (both towards the plaintiff and towards other users).

4 thoughts on “LIGHTSPEED MEDIA CORP.”

  1. Lightspeed Media Corp. has been one of the more aggressive copyright trolls over the past two years. They are intimately associated with John Steele and Prenda Law Inc., and have changed their lawsuits as the case law has changed over the years.

    They started out as one of Prenda Law Inc.’s first bittorrent lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where they sued 100 John Doe Defendants in the Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Does 1-100 (Case No. 1:10-cv-05604), of which 99 WERE DISMISSED ON 12/21/2010, with the remaining one shortly afterwards.

    Then Lightspeed Media Corp. amended their complaint to sue 1,000 defendants instead of 100 defendants, and as we wrote about in our “Judge Steeles The Life From A Second Torrent Case” article, the judge responded by SEVERING AND DISMISSING ALL DEFENDANTS but one.

    Just when we thought this case was dead, John Steele filed an amended complaint on 4/11/2011 and brought the case back to life by suing one John Doe. The funny part, however, was that they continued to send “scare” letters to ALL THE SEVERED AND DISMISSED DEFENDANTS (even though they were no longer defendants in the case). The court picked up on this and berated Steele on 4/19/2011. A few months later, the zombie Lightspeed Media Corp. federal case was DEAD.

    Then, Lightspeed and Steele came up with a novel idea — sue defendants across the U.S. for violation of federal hacker statutes, alleging that accused internet users accessed Lightspeed’s websites using stolen passwords (which “through no fault of their own” were “leaked” onto the internet). The twist was that their new lawsuit was filed in the corrupt ILLINOIS STATE COURT (even though the subject matter of the lawsuits belong in the federal courts). In the Lightspeed “Hacker” lawsuit, even if the accused John Doe Defendants used the passwords to access Lightspeed’s websites, THEY WOULD NOT VIOLATE THE FEDERAL STATUTES WHICH WERE ASSERTED AGAINST THEM IN THE COMPLAINT. This is the joke about the case — it simply has no merit, but the case persists. It befuttles me that the state court is still allowing subpoenas to be sent out (even though the Illinois SUPREME COURT has come in and voiced its opinion that this case is a fraud and that it should be shut down). Yet, it persists.

    These same Hacker lawsuits were also filed in the Miami Dade, FL state courts (equal in integrity to the Chicago state courts) in the Lightspeed Media Corp. v. John Does (Case No. 12-05673 CA 05), and in the Maricopa County, AZ state court (Case No. CV2012-053230). There is a lot that is written about these cases, but because they are taking place in state courts (in which we do not have eyes), we have not been tracking these cases. Essentially, it is important to note that the lawsuits are filed against one Doe Defendant, but implicate HUNDREDS of Doe Defendants as co-conspirators.

    Word is that a few weeks ago, Lightspeed Media Corp. has been sold to another company (perhaps to Prenda Law Inc.?), yet the lawsuits continue.

    So as you see, Lightspeed Media Corp. is essentially a zombie company that keeps coming back asking internet users for more and more money. If you take a look on http://www.rfcexpress.com, you’ll see that there are a few cases on the books, but they are ALL DISMISSED. Yet, if you asked the internet world how many thousands of internet users are still getting calls or letters for Lightspeed, you’ll get a surprising answer.

    FEDERAL CASES FILED ON BEHALF OF LIGHTSPEED MEDIA CORPORATION
    Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Does 1-9 (CAND; 4:11-cv-02261) [DEAD]
    Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Doe (ILND; 1:11-cv-00385) [DEAD]
    Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Doe (ILND; 1:11-cv-00209) [DEAD]
    Lightspeed Media Corporation v. Does 1-100 (then 1-1,000) (ILND; 1:10-cv-05604) [DEAD]

    KNOWN STATE CASES FILED ON BEHALF OF LIGHTSPEED MEDIA CORPORATION
    Lightspeed Media Corp. v. John Doe (Miami Dade, FL Case No. 12-05673 CA 05)
    Lightspeed Media Corp. v. John Doe (St. Clair, IL Case No. 11-L-683)
    Lightspeed Media Corp. v. World Timbers, Inc. & John Doe (Maricopa, AZ Case No. CV2012-053230)

  2. I wanted to point out that a new batch of subpoena letters has just gone out for the St. Clair, IL hacker case demanding the contact information of the many Doe Defendants AND THE HUNDREDS OF CO-CONSPIRATORS. I cannot believe the judge is still letting these go out.

  3. What is the chance that other companies, malibu media, raw films, etc will follow similar method of suing “hackers” after their copyright cases? Will Lightspeed be the only company?

    1. Wow, that was a concerning question. I’m not sure other companies would stoop to the low level of suing defendants for some statute which doesn’t apply to the Doe Defendants (even if they are guilty of what they are accused of)… I want to point out that this is probably why you don’t regularly see hacker cases filed in federal court.

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