Defendants Must Disclose Identities in Movie Download Case

A federal judge in the District of Columbia has ordered a group of anonymous defendants in a copyright lawsuit over illegally downloaded movies to disclose their identities. Earlier this month, more than 40 of the 4,577 John Doe defendants named in one of at least seven lawsuits filed by District-based US Copyright Group, a litigation outfit formed by attorneys from Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, asked a judge to toss out a subpoena seeking their identities and dismiss the case.