other BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing cases, Malibu Media LLC
accuses defendants of copyright infringement by using software and the
internet to obtain their movies from popular torrent websites such as Pirate Bay (Eg., ThePirateBay.se), Torrentz.eu, ISOHunt, Torrent project, KickAss Torrents, BitWiki or 1337x.Malibu Media LLC has filed hundreds of cases across the country involving movies and "site-rips" from the website x-art.com. Malibu Media files against individuals as anonymous "John Does" and is not without controversy. They have filed well over 1,000 lawsuits nationally. Malibu Media is represented by attorneys Jason Kotzker in Colorado, Paul Nicoletti in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, Keith Lipscomb in Florida, Yousef Faroniya in Ohio, Jon Hoppe in Maryland, and William Tabot in Virginia.
What Should I Do?
Antonelli Law has represented more than 800 clients nationwide dealing with copyright trolls and satellite piracy trolls. We have gained a great deal of insight into what works, and what doesn't. We have no desire to have you spin your wheels with legal work that does not advance your defense and only racks up lawyer fees. And, because of the nature of federal lawsuits, our numerous court admissions and local counsel affiliations, we can effectively represent you in your copyright infringement defense no matter which state you live - and no more expensively than a local attorney.
For immediate advice and a free initial consultation call Antonelli Law at 312-201-8310, use our simple contact page to have an experienced BitTorrent copyright defense attorney contact you for a free, in-depth initial consultation, or email us. We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of being targeted by Malibu Media, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible. We will help you get through this. We also accept attorney referrals and co-counsel arrangements.
See our motions to quash page and give us a call to speak with an attorney about filing a motion to quash the subpoena your ISP received for your account information and name.
See our should I settle? page if you are thinking about possibly settling and give us a call.
An Overview of BitTorrent Copyright Infringment
"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.
To get an overview of this type of litigation and what you might expect to experience, click here for Jeffrey Antonelli's article Torrent Wars: Copyright trolls, legitimate IP rights, and the need for new rules vetting evidence and to amend the Copyright Act published by the Illinois State Bar Association's Intellectual Property section.
Retain Antonelli Law - We're No More Expensive than Hiring a Local Attorney in Your State
Hiring Antonelli Law to represent you in your federal case is neither more expensive, nor more difficult, compared to hiring a local attorney. And we're probably far more experienced defending claims of BitTorrent copyright infringement defense than anyone in your town. Federal court practice allows us to represent clients in any federal court in the country.
We're not more expensive for two reasons. First, federal courts require attorneys to file their papers electronically and often conduct hearings by telephone. This makes frequent trips to the courthouse unnecessary. Second, we do not charge for airline flights or flying travel charges. Clients pay only for the normal travel time to the courthouse any local attorney would charge.
In addition, we have affiliated local counsel in a number of states who have earned our trust and can appear in court if necessary on an expedited basis (see below). We will however make arrangements to be in court personally if necessary for non-routine hearings or a trial.
Our Legal Services
We offer a reasonable Flat Fee for motions to proceed anonymously, and 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. Selected severe financial hardship cases are handled on a reduced or pro bono basis. Attorney Antonelli is admitted to the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois and has nearly 15 years of solid litigation experience in a broad range of commercial litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants, and every attorney at Antonelli Law is admitted to federal court.
In addition to being highly experienced in BitTorrent defense litigation and complex litigation in general, the attorneys of Antonelli Law are human beings with compassion, honesty, and integrity in their very fabric and give exemplary attention to our clients (See 2014 client feedback below). We hope these qualities are as helpful to you in your case as our legal expertise. Because of these qualities, clients return to us for other legal issues after their BitTorrent issue is resolved.
Antonelli Law provides serious legal advice for your copyright troll defense. We have years of solid litigation experience representing consumers and businesses and concentrates in representing people accused of BitTorrent copyright infringement. Our last complex trial involved computer firewalls, sophisticated commercial networks, and a Microsoft certified expert.
Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the federal courts of Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. When a case calls from states other than these we apply for pro hac vice admission as we have done numerous times before.
A recent 2014 Client Letter
A Maryland client recently retained us to handle their legal representation against Malibu Media. After the matter was resolved, she wrote to us with feedback about her experience with Antonelli Law attorney Melissa Brabender. She gave us permission to publish it:
"As you know from our conversations, this experience has been very difficult for us. We were afraid, filled with anguish and it will take some time to recover from the financial burden it has caused out family. In the midst of all of this, you were always available to answer questions and make us feel we had someone looking out for us. Your expertise and guidance made the process as painless, as possible, under the circumstances. We will always be grateful to you."
If you are comparing lawyers, ask if they are admitted to the federal trial bar or ever tried a case. Ask if they are admitted to the federal district your court case is in - or if they have had a case in that court. We have the credentials and more to back up our advice and settlement postures and the other side knows it. We have the experience to deal with unexpected problems. They may not.
Who is Malibu Media and What is its Background?
Malibu Media LLC's history - DECLARATION OF COLETTE PELISSIER FIELD
The Bellwether Trial
Malibu Media was the first BitTorrent copyright plaintiff in the United States to proceed to trial, which occurred under very unusual circumstances on June 10, 2013 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Very likely because the defendant eventually admitted committing perjury, the judge found in favor of Malibu Media in an amount over $110,000 - plus attorneys fees.
We do not have reason to believe future cases are likely to have similar results, but under the current US Copyright Act they have the potential to do so. Be sure to consult with an attorney that has actual litigation experience to evaluate your individual circumstances.
Antonelli Law Updates
The following are cases filed by Malibu Media in a number of states' federal courts.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (D.C.) CASES
Antonelli Law defends copyright troll cases in the District of Columbia in affiliation with attorney Mark Del Bianco
DISTRICT OF COLORADO CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the District Court of Colorado.
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA CASES
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to Northern District Court of Illinois trial bar and general bar
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to all federal courts of Indiana
DISTRICT COURT OF MARYLAND
Antonelli Law defends copyright troll cases in the District Court of Maryland in affiliation with attorney Mark Del Bianco
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to Western District Court of Michigan.
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to Eastern District Court of Michigan.
DISTRICT COURT OF NEW JERSEY CASES
Antonelli Law defends copyright troll cases in District Court of New Jersey in affiliation with our local counsel
DISTRICT COURT OF VIRGINIA CASES
Antonelli Law defends copyright troll cases in the District Court of Virginia in affiliation with attorney Peter Glazer
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN CASES
Antonelli Law's principal Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to Eastern District Court of Wisconsin.
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