4th Circ. Revives IP Suit Over Russian 'Stream-Ripping' Sites

Law360 (June 26, 2020, 8:53 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Friday held that a lower court wrongly tossed a suit by a dozen U.S. record companies against a Russian man over his so-called stream-ripping websites used to pirate music, finding "plentiful" evidence that the Virginia federal court has personal jurisdiction over his online activities.

In a published opinion, the three-judge panel reversed a decision by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over Russian website owner Tofig Kurbanov and remanded the case back to the lower court. 

"To start, his contacts with Virginia are plentiful," the panel said. "In the...

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