Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
ALS Scan, Inc. v. Digital Service Consultants, Inc
Defendant is an internet service provider used by a third party, Alternative Products, Inc. Alternative Products put pictures on their site that were owned by Plaintiff, and they charged a fee to customers to view the pictures. Plaintiff sued Defendant under Maryland state law because, as the internet service provider, Defendant enabled Alternative Products to post the copyrighted material and are therefore infringing as well. Defendant argued that they are Georgia-based with no contacts within the state of Maryland that would traditionally establish personal jurisdiction with Maryland. Plaintiff argued that by providing a service that allows people everywhere, including Maryland, to view content, personal jurisdiction was established. The district court dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.
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