And the result?
That ruling was a dramatic blow to the US Copyright Group’s hopes of a single lawsuit that would help expedite the process and reduce the cost of litigation.Apparently even the revised list of 140 contains defendants who are outside of the D.C. District Court's jurisdiction (the list of John Does includes downloaders in Honolulu, Chicago and California).
That list now stands at a mere 140, comprised of 139 Does and just one named defendant – Adrienne Neal. That’s down from the initial 4,577 it submitted to the court.
This is an interesting twist, because most copyright infringement lawsuits up to this point have been about filesharing through networks like Kazaa or Limewire, where participation in infringement is both obvious and immediate: you download a song, you allow the song to be uploaded, and thus you are infringing from a specific geographic location.
The judge has not yet accepted the amended complaint; her decision in this matter may be quite important as a precedent.