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Dovel & Luner Sues Verizon over Mass Pirating of Movies

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SANTA MONICA – Dovel & Luner, a boutique litigation law firm, filed a copyright infringement suit on Tuesday against Verizon Communications Inc. and Cellco Partnership (doing business as “Verizon Wireless”) on behalf of producers and owners of movies such as Dallas Buyers Club and I Feel Pretty.  The lawsuit alleges that despite receiving hundreds of thousands of notices that Verizon’s internet users were pirating movies, Verizon continued to facilitate and profit from this mass piracy.  

The Complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Verizon materially contributed to and vicariously committed copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  

According to the lawsuit, “Verizon profits from subscriptions to its internet services.  Instead of taking simple steps against illegal pirating, Verizon turns a blind eye and continues to collect its customers’ subscription payments every month… which adds tens of millions of dollars to Verizon’s bottom line.”

“Mass piracy does not only hurt movie producers—it also costs the US economy over 200,000 jobs and $30 billion a year,” said Joey Bui of Dovel & Luner.  “Plaintiffs brought this case to protect their creative works and to stop Verizon from profiting off of piracy.”

Jenny Elliott

SOURCE Dovel & Luner, LLP
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