Have you received a Summons or Subpoena from Malibu Media LLC?

Malibu Media LLC

Usually your first notice about the Malibu Media LLC lawsuit is a letter from your ISP such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, or Verizon and a subpoena. Malibu Media LLC is a producer or pornographic adult films for the website X-Art.com.

Feeling confused or scared about receiving this letter and subpoena? Our FAQ page will answer these questions:

  • What is This About?
  • What Happens Next?
  • What Can I Do?
  • Stages in the Life of a “John Doe” Lawsuit – Alleged Movie Downloads

Antonelli Law has been defending clients accused by Malibu Media LLC of BitTorrent copyright claims since 2011 and has helped over 1,500 clients across the country dealing with being targeted by copyright plaintiffs including Malibu Media LLC.See this recent Bloomberg BNA article interviewing attorney Jeffrey Antonelli about Malibu Media LLC. We have the experience and compassion to competently help you, too, nationwide.

Usually your first notice about the Malibu Media LLC lawsuit is a letter from your ISP such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, or Verizon and a subpoena. The letter notifies you that the ISP has been subpoenaed to release your name to the plaintiff. The letter often mentions your right to file in court a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena. In the case of Malibu Media LLC, once your name is released you are almost certainly going to be named in a lawsuit and served with a summons and complaint.


Click here to contact us or call 312-201-8310.

Can I File a Motion to Quash/Vacate the Subpoena to my ISP?

Yes you can, although we must discuss with you when it is worthwhile. Here is a 2016 case where with our local counsel we obtained a stay of a subpoena which resulted in a favorable settlement with our client who had been sued by Malibu Media LLC in the Northern District of California.

What Does Malibu Media LLC Want?

Malibu Media LLC says they want to stop people from illegally downloading their films, and they sue people in federal court alleging copyright infringement by using BitTorrent or similar file-sharing software. Malibu Media LLC lawsuit settlement amounts vary but may exceed $10,000 depending on the number of alleged films downloaded—. We have seen defendants accused of downloading well over 100 films. Malibu Media LLC is represented by the Pillar Law Group of Beverly Hills and local counsel around the country.

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Why Hire Antonelli Law?

In a word, experience. We have represented over 500 clients sued by Malibu Media LLC nationally. In addition to our Chicago attorneys including attorney Jeffrey Antonelli, who is admitted to numerous federal courts including the federal trial bar in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, we work with our local counsel around the country  to help our clients efficiently work towards an appropriate resolution including litigation and out of court settlements. Sometimes, the best resolutions occur after defense litigation is commenced.

Click here for an NPR/WBEZ interview with attorney Jeffrey Antonelli.

“Often times people tell us, look, I can’t deal with this. This will put my job at risk. Or my reputation in the community–to have me named in a copyright lawsuit involving pornography could be devastating. So, I want to settle.”

Beware the Cheap Rookie Lawyer

Recently, opportunistic lawyers without relevant experience have begun advertising for Malibu Media LLC copyright defense.
Offering cheap legal fees, these lawyers apparently scare prospective clients into hiring them. See, for example this TorrentFreak article.

Copyright lawsuits involve statutory damages and attorneys fee awards and are not cases for the inexperienced lawyer to get involved with. Copyright cases are risky for both sides: the US Copyright Act allows for the winner to ask the court to award attorneys fees against the other side. Competition is fair game but you need competent legal representation. These inexperienced lawyers may never have taken a single case of any kind to trial. Ask yourself this question: if you were fighting them, would you respect them?

For more information about the problem of inexperienced and even incompetent lawyers running ads to “settle” the copyright infringement claims by Malibu Media LLC, click here for our article  which includes sources The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other prominent resources.

Who Antonelli Law Helps

We accept clients and attorney referrals nationwide. Our attorneys are admitted to federal court in California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin, and can appear in any federal court due to the federal court pro hac vice rules. Click here for a review of Malibu Media LLC’s lawsuit activity this past year.

We offer flat fees for settling your case anonymously and reasonable hourly fees for actively defending you in court. We give professional advice and allow you to make your own decision about what to do – settle, fight, or do nothing. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli was recently quoted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding Malibu Media and other BitTorrent copyright lawsuits:

““People who create ought to be protected and paid, and piracy is a legitimate issue,” he said. “But there is a large (question) of fairness when it comes to these innocent parties where a parent has a subpoena sitting on their laps and are asking ‘What am I going to do with it?’”

Selected severe financial hardship cases are taken on a reduced fee basis. Click here to contact us now.

More About Malibu Media LLC

Like 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 and possibly even using PopcornTime. Malibu Media LLC has filed thousands 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. Malibu Media is represented by attorneys Jason Kotzker in Colorado, Mary Schultz in Illinois, and  Yousef Faroniya in Ohio, Jon Hoppe in Maryland, Henrik Mosesi of Pillar Law Group in California, William Tabot in Virginia, and Michael Lowenberg in Texas.

What Should I Do?

Antonelli Law has represented more than 1,500 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

Federal court practice allows us to represent clients in any federal court in the country. And, hiring Antonelli Law to represent you in your federal case is neither more expensive, nor more difficult, than trying to hire a local attorney near you. And we’re probably far more experienced defending claims of BitTorrent copyright infringement defense than anyone in your town.

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 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. We represents clients nationwide by an easy process called pro hac vice admission as we have done numerous times before.

A Recent 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.”

Comparing Lawyers?

If you are comparing lawyers, ask if they are admitted to the federal trial bar or ever tried a case to verdict. 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. And we have the experience to deal with unexpected problems. They may not.

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Who is Malibu Media and What is its Background?


The Bellwether Trial

Malibu Media was the first (and perhaps only) BitTorrent copyright plaintiff in the United States to proceed to trial. It 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

  • Antonelli Law obtains rare order from Judge Kendall allowing defendant to proceed anonymously for a limited time in Malibu Media case 13-cv-07297 (Illinois)