IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 4, 2011
AF HOLDINGS LLC, PLAINTIFF,
DOES 1-96, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jacqueline Scott Corley United States Magistrate Judge District Court United States
ORDER REGARDING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT
United States District Court Northern District of California
This lawsuit is one of a wave of mass copyright infringement actions that have been filed across the United States. Plaintiff AF Holdings LLC seeks statutory damages from 96 doe defendants for alleged copyright infringement of the adult video "Sexual Obsession."
Plaintiff is not the author of the video; instead, judicially noticeable records from the United States Copyright Office reveal that copyright to the video was registered to Heartbreaker Films in March 2011. The Complaint alleges that AF Holdings was assigned the copyright to the video at some undisclosed time by the author of the video or an assignee of the video's author. (Dkt. No. 1 at ¶¶ 18-19.)
As Plaintiff's standing is a prerequisite to pursuing this action, see, e.g., Righthaven LLC v. Newman, 2011 WL 4762322, at *1 (D. Nev. Oct. 7, 2011), Plaintiff is directed to submit to the Court a copy of all written assignments demonstrating that Plaintiff is the exclusive owner of the copyright to the video at issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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