Siemens files mass Doe software piracy suit in New York
Last week, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc filed a complaint in the Southern District of NY against 100 unknown John Doe defendants for allegedly pirating their software.
Each defendant is known to Plaintiff only by the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address assigned to that Defendant by his or her ISP…
It’s not clear how Siemens harvested the IPs. Is this a file-sharing lawsuit, or is the software “phoning-home” to Siemens and allowing them to determine if users are using pirated installations?
This will be an interesting case to watch. It’s a bit different than the other mass-Doe suits I’ve written about, in that it involves software rather than video, and it’s been filed in a district not known for these type of lawsuits.