"Copyright trolls" are law firms or individual lawyers who adopted a
lucrative scheme to profit from copyright infringement allegations
through what many call extortion. Copyright trolls represent holders of copyrights on
movies (mostly pornography), software, and electronic books. We have represented many people targeted by these firms and know what you are going through.
If you need to speak with an attorney about receiving an ISP notice or summons about a BitTorrent copyright lawsuit, call attorney Jeffrey Antonelli for a free initial consultation at 312-201-8310 or use our TorrentDefenders contact form or email us for an immediate reply to get started.
We offer a reasonable Flat Fee for motions to quash, helping you settle and remain anonymous in many cases; and reasonable fees for defending you if you are named as a defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit. We accept clients for Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, and other states' federal file-sharing cases on a case by case basis. This is a swiftly changing area of law and we continually follow the latest developments.
You can be confident with Antonelli Law Ltd. you are receiving advice from a firm with years of solid litigation experience representing consumers and businesses, and who concentrates in representing people accused of BitTorrent copyright infringement. We're no johnny-come-lately to tech law (link). Our last complex trial involved computer firewalls, sophisticated commercial networks, and a Microsoft certified expert. You need serious legal advice for your copyright troll defense, not a new firm who can only try to negotiate a settlement. We have the credentials to back up our advice and settlement postures, and the other side knows it.
Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois and is admitted to other federal courts on pro hac vice application. We gladly accept referrals from other attorneys, and appreciate the confidence other experienced practitioners have had in referring their clients to us.
For case specific information, click on the Plaintiff below:
Should I File a Motion to
Visit our Motion to Quash page for important details.
We do file motions to quash and believe they can work. But answering the question "Is it worth it?" turns out to be a little complicated. We won't just "fire you up" to file one without thoroughly explaining what motions to quash can and cannot do. We will honestly advise you so you can make up your mind what to do.
Should I Settle?
Visit our Should I Settle page for important details.
Be sure you have enough facts to believe you are reasonably informed before you make your decision. For you, a settlement buys you peace of mind and, if you settle through an attorney, the ability to settle and make payment anonymously. But it also ensures the plaintiff a profit. Again, we want our clients to be sure they have the facts they need to make an informed decision: to settle, to fight, or to do nothing and wait.
Can I Just Do Nothing and Wait?
Yes. You can also do nothing and wait. I have often described this phase as a game of chicken (a horrible game in real life) where you either don't spend a dime because the case goes away (or they don't get to sue you for some reason), or if they do sue you it will cost you more for defending it, to settle the case, or both. You should reflect on how you feel about these outcomes since nobody is in your shoes but you.
The probability of actually being sued and served with a lawsuit varies considerably from plaintiff to plaintiff. Our experience with these cases across the country helps us to advise you on changes in plaintiffs' behavior in this regard.
Don't know what BitTorrent is or how you got involved with this?
See if your neighbors or household members use BitTorrent or if they visit any of the following websites: Pirate Bay (Eg., ThePirateBay.se), Torrentz.eu, ISOHunt, Torrent project, KickAss Torrents, BitWiki or 1337x.
We highly recommend performing your own independent research on the copyright trolling phenomenon, if you are able to do so. Two excellent sources of news and opinions are FightCopyrightTrolls and DieTrollDie ("DTD"). In particular for those new to this kind of lawsuit I recommend taking a look at the FAQ/newbie page at DTD.
BitTorrent file-sharing lawsuits - often called copyright troll lawsuits - allege infringement of copyright with accusations of uploading or downloading a movie, e-book, or software without permission.
Visit our BitTorrent Background page and our Reading Room page for important details.
BitTorrent Cases Our Clients Have Been Targeted or Defended In
Click on the name for page dedicated to that case.
What is the Most Recent Lawsuit Activity?
The most recent "copyright troll" activity
are letters being sent to targets asking for "exculpatory evidence"
regarding their use of BitTorrent, household members, and internet search
activity. We help draft responses to these inquiries for a flat fee. We are also seeing an increase of DMCA notices sent via email from ISPs.
We also recently became aware of the following new Ohio lawsuits (H/T to Copyright Clerk):
Order by SDIN Judge Mark J. Dinsmore:
Allegations that Guava LLC defendant participated in a sham defense
Malibu Media LLC's history - DECLARATION OF COLETTE PELISSIER FIELD
Reading Room Links
EFF - Subpoena Target FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions for Subpoena Targets
Visit our Reading Room page for interesting news and articles on BitTorrent copyright cases and evidence.
We enjoy receiving client feedback, and several recent clients posted these reviews on a popular site.
Recently Jeffrey helped me work through a civil matter in which I was very pleased with the outcome. He was able to present me all of my available options in a plain English format that anyone could understand and once I decided on the route I wanted to take he handled my situation in a matter of days. Any additional questions I had he was happy to answer and spend the time to discuss them with me. He was willing to present advice on what he thought my best course of action should be, but didn't force any thing upon me. There wasn't a single time when I tried contacting him by email, office phone, or cell that I didn't receive a quick response. I would highly recommend that anyone use Mr. Antonelli to represent them.
Buffalo Grove, IL
This is way overdue on my part.
I could not have been more pleased with the representation provided by Mr. Antonelli. The civil matter in which he addressed for me was accomplished quickly and professionally. And while many law offices may perhaps offer similar efficiencies, it is my experience that the majority cannot offer what distinguishes Mr. Antonelli: Personal attention, interest and accessibility. On these qualities, you will find Mr. Antonelli far exceeds expectations. And he is a truly pleasant individual as well. Highly recommended. Very satisfied. A capable standout. Thanks!
While many ISPs are being targeted, the growing list of ISPs our clients have received notice a subpoena was issued is as follows: