Warner Brothers Copyright Infringement Cases

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment (“Warner Bros.”), Inc. is a broad-based entertainment company and leader in creative, production, distribution, licensing, and marketing throughout the entertainment industry.   As a Time Warner Company subsidiary, Warner Bros is at the vanguard of all aspects in the entertainment industry from features to television, home entertainment and DVD titles, animation, product and brand licensing, as well as interactive entertainment.  Warner Bros boasts a vast library of over 6,5000 films and 3,000 television programs  with over 15,000 employees at home and abroad.  Warner Bros. holds its headquarters in Burbank, California on a  vast 35 soundstage lots spanning 142 acres, including one of the world’s tallest stages and one of the largest water tanks that holds over two million gallons of water.

In 2012, Warner Bros grossed $4.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue, and Warner Home Video was atop the competition with about 21% of the overall market share of DVD and Blu-ray sales.   Warner Bros. Television produced more than 50 series broadcasts through 2012-13, and consumers can access all these titles from a variety of platforms, including digital, on-demand, and apps.  Warner Bros. Pictures produces around 20 films per year and either partially or fully finances their films distribution rights.  Some recent titles from Warner Bros. Pictures include The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part III, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, We’re the Millers (NLC), Prisoners and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (NLC).  Similarly, Waner Bros. owns New Line Cinema, which works alongside Warner Bros. Pictures to subsidize film production and worldwide distribution. Some recent New Line Cinema titles include Jack the Giant Slayer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Conjuring, We’re the Millers and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Warner Bros. Television boasts some impressive titles as well, including 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, Person of Interest, Revolution, The Following, The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, The Middle, Suburgatory, Rizzoli & Isles, Supernatural, Arrow, The Bachelor, The Voice, Dallas, and Pretty Little Liars, as well as first-run syndicated programs such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TMZ and Extra, among others, as well as animated shows The Looney Tunes Show, Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go!.

In July 2012, Warner Bros. started suing individual defendants in copyright infringement suits relating to counterfeit copy of popular DVD titles from the Warner Bros. film and television library.  The Pietz Law Firm received numerous responses to these copyright infringement claim; however, these cases are fundamentally different from other BitTorrent cases The Pietz Law Firm handles (i.e., Malibu Media, Patrick Collins, Inc.) for multiple reasons.

If you have recently been named and served with a Warner Bros. subpoena, or are being contacted by Warner Bros. lawyers James Andrew Coombs or Annie S. Wang of the law firm J. Andrew Coombs APC, contact The Pietz Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your options.

With a rich background and understanding of copyright infringement, we are experts in handling these types of predatory copyright cases. We have aided many clients in similar situations by successfully  their dismissing their cases and by relieving much unnecessary stress.  Also, please consult thisarticle about your options in these BitTorrent lawsuits for further information regarding these copyright infringement suits.