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Can the Arizona ME2 Productions Cases Be Dismissed Due to Lack of Evidence? Read on. Antonelli Law Defense & Information

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Have you received an ME2 Productions Letter from your ISP or from Kercsmar & Feltus attorney Gregory Collins about the Lawsuit? Can the Case Be Dismissed Due to Lack of Evidence? Read on. Antonelli Law Defense & Information

Many people are being targeted in movie download copyright infringement lawsuits by ME2 Productions, Inc. It usually starts with a letter from your internet company and is followed by another letter from the movie company’s lawyer, Kercsmar & Evans attorney Gregory Collins of Scottsdale.  This all relates to allegations that someone used your internet account to illegally download the movie “Mechanic Resurrection”.

We have seen at least one letter demanding $7,500, with a deadline thereafter going up to $15,000. Call the defense attorneys at Antonelli Law, we can help. We can defend you, help you settle out of court, or file a motion to quash the subpoena based on lack of evidence (read below).

Also, an Order by Judge G. Murray Snow in 17-cv-0210, a case consolidated with nine other ME2 Productions cases, discusses important language about joint and severable liability that could drastically limit- or expand- any one defendant’s exposure to a court judgment. Judge Snow also states that the complaint shows a prima facie case for conspiracy under Arizona law. The attorneys at Antonelli Law are very experienced in BT copyright defense and have helped many Arizona residents in these kinds of cases. We can help you, too.

While it is undisputed that internet piracy is a large problem for copyright holders, innocent people are being targeted in free movie download lawsuits because the data can be wrong, and paying the internet bill does not mean you illegally downloaded the movie for free.

You May Have Questions About This Lawsuit

You may have questions about your legal options, such as how to defend yourself. You might want information about settling the claims for less than the amount demanded. You might want to know if you can ignore the letters and wait and see if you are actually served with a summons instead.

Want to Talk to Antonelli Law About These Questions Right Away? Start Here

If you want to talk for free with a defense lawyer right away, use or contact form below or call us at 312-201-8310 nationwide. We’re the nation’s most experienced BT copyright defense firm. Scroll down to continue learning more about these lawsuits, or fill out our contact form to obtain our free consultation right away.

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What Are These Lawsuits About?

ME2 Productions Inc. , the copyright holder of the movie  “Mechanic: Resurrection” starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Lee Jones has begun suing internet subscribers in Arizona federal court alleging they illegally downloaded the movie for free. The movie’s plot includes rescuing Jessica Alba’s character who is kidnapped.

ME2 Productions Inc. accuses defendants of copyright infringement by using software such as BitTorrent and the internet to obtain the film “Mechanic: Resurrection” without paying the appropriate license fee.

Critics of these lawsuits say its about the movie company generating more revenue. The movie company says it is filing these lawsuits to stop piracy of its intellectual property.

How Can Antonelli Law Help Me?

Antonelli Law will help you decide what to do about the ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas or summons. We have helped many people accused of downloading movies over the internet in these type of lawsuits.

  • Learn about what the notice means.
  • Ask every question that concerns you.
  • Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back.
  • File a motion to quash? We’ll help you to decide.
  • Have us negotiate a settlement for you, including a proper settlement agreement that is in your interest, and a dismissal order entered by the federal court to protect you and which you keep for your records.

Remember, don’t panic. Learn the facts and your legal options by speaking for free to an Antonelli Law attorney confidentially nationwide at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below.

Our clients say Antonelli Law is very good at:

  • Reducing your anxiety about the problem
  • Giving clear information to help you decide what to do
  • Responsive and accessible via phone and email
  • Tenacious and effective lawyers in lawsuit litigation

We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you: anonymous settlement, or prepare to fight back.

Attorneys: Don’t risk malpractice in a copyright lawsuit if you don’t do this type of work regularly – the  loser pays statutory and attorneys fees. We accept attorney referrals and are very experienced in this specialized litigation.

Don’t Sign a Waiver of Service of Summons Form Before Speaking with an Attorney

As defense attorneys, we are concerned that people who receive a Waiver of Service of Summons form in the mail from the movie company’s lawyer will lead to an unfair default judgment against them. Please speak with an attorney experienced in movie download federal copyright lawsuits before you sign a Waiver of Service of Summons form. For an FAQ on movie download lawsuits click here.

Can I File a Motion to Quash the ISP Subpoena?

Yes, if it is not after the deadline to do so stated in your notice form your internet service provider. If the deadline has not passed, we would need to discuss with you the relative strengths and weaknesses of doing so. See this page from our law firm website on Motions to Quash a Subpoena.

While it is undisputed that internet piracy is a large problem for copyright holders, innocent people are being targeted in free movie download lawsuits because the data can be wrong, and paying the internet bill does not mean you illegally downloaded the movie for free.

Does ME2 Productions Inc. Have Enough Data to Prove Its Claims?

In many free movie lawsuits, the movie company alleges that its agents obtained data from the alleged IP address of the defendant in what is called a BitTorrent “swarm” – which is one way people download large files.

But how much data is enough for a legally sufficient lawsuit complaint? In some cases, these lawsuits can be challenged because the Plaintiff must show:

  1. It has ownership of a valid copyright and
  2. The defendant violated the copyright owner’s exclusive rights under the Copyright Act.

In the consolidated lead case of ME2 Productions, Inc v Does 17-cv-0210 (AZ), ME2 Productions filed a motion with the court to allow it to subpoena the names and addresses of related to the IP addresses it believes obtained free copies of its movie “Mechanic: Resurrection” using BitTorrent technology. That motion included an affidavit signed by Daniel Arheidt, acting as a consultant of MaverickEye UG of Germany, stating that company’s forensic tracking software MaverikMonitor finds IP addresses distributing the movie “and a portion of the file is downloaded.”

Is alleging that a portion of the file was downloaded enough to keep the ME2 Productions case in court?

For example, in a recent motion to quash Antonelli Law filed for a client against a different movie company, the Defendant contended that Plaintiff had not alleged significant evidence to show that any of its copyrighted materials were violated. The reason? We alleged that the movie company submitted a declaration of its agent merely stated that “multiple bits were conveyed over [the] connection.”  We argued that multiple “bits” of data do not translate to a viewable image close enough to approximate being substantially similar to the movie company’s copyrighted work. Days before the hearing on the motion to quash the subpoena, the movie company dismissed the case against our client. (Please note, this does not guarantee the same result for anybody else)

Loyola Law Professor Matthew Sag wrote in his recent article “Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling”:

“the isolated “bits” of the movie that [Plaintiff] supposedly received from the defendant’s IP address do not meet the standard for copyright infringement. In the cases that we have studied, the plaintiffs have offered declarations that defendant’s IP address was observed transmitting data with a certain hash value. That hash value, it is alleged, is the same as the hash value of a piece that the witness combined with other pieces to create a file identical to the copyright owner’s work… note that these declarations say nothing about the size or contents of the portions of the work actually downloaded from the defendant’s IP address. In essence, the plaintiff can only state truthfully that its software observed the defendant’s IP address transmitting a fraction of the work….”There is nothing in either declaration that would allow the court to conclude that the “bits” and “pieces” captured by [plaintiff’s experts’] technology as allegedly distributed from Doe’s IP address meet the standard of originality justifying a finding that they are protectable elements of the works.

So How Much Data Did ME2 Productions Allegedly Observe From Defendants?

The declaration of Daniel Arheidt, working as a consultant for Maverickeye UG of Germany, appears to merely say that the Maverick Monitor software works by directly connecting with the computer at each IP address and downloading “a portion” of the infringing file.

Are these allegations enough to withstand a motion to dismiss the Complaint under federal rule 12(b)(6)? A defendant will need to ask the judge to make that determination. It may cost more to do this than to settle, but this could be the right strategy for some who are targeted in ME2 Productions lawsuits.

ME2 Productions in other States

Looking for information on a ME2 Productions lawsuit in another state? Click on the state you are interested in:

Like other BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing cases,
ME2 Productions Inc. accuses defendants of copyright infringement by using software and the internet to obtain the film “Mechanic: Resurrection” without paying the appropriate license fee. There will likely be more lawsuits filed by ME2 Productions Inc.

If your internet address (“IP address”) is involved, your first notice of the lawsuit will probably be a letter from COX Communications internet and a copy of a subpoena from ME2 Productions Inc. Scroll down for additional information about these lawsuits.

Received a Subpoena from COX? The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. 

Antonelli Law has helped nearly 2,000 clients targeted in internet movie download lawsuits across the country, from Hawaii to New York and many states in between. We can do this because the lawsuits are in federal court, where all filings are done electronically. See our local counsel attorney information below.

Contact us and let our experience help you make the right legal decision for you. Call us nationwide at 312-201-8310 for a free lawyer consultation. We will help you decide what to do about the ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas or summons.

  • Learn about what the notice means.
  • Ask every question that concerns you.
  • Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back.
  • File a motion to quash? We’ll help you to decide.

Remember, don’t panic. Learn the facts and your legal options by speaking for free to an Antonelli Law attorney confidentially at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below.

The lawsuits are:

Arizona:

  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v John and Jane Doe 1-23 2:2017-cv-01415
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v John and Jane Doe 1-26 2:2017-cv-01421
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v John and Jane Doe 1-18 2:2017-cv-01427
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v John and Jane Doe 1-24 2:2017-cv-01423
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 1-20 2:2017-cv-00615
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 1-20  2:2017-cv-00622
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 1-32  2:2017-cv-00623
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00581
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00587
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00222
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00210
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00216
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00217
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2017-cv-00218
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2016-cv-04123
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2016-cv-04112
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2016-cv-04114
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2016-cv-04075
  • ME2 Productions Incorporated v Does 2:2016-cv-04039
  • ME2 Productions v. Does 1-24 2:16-cv-04112  D.AZ.
  • ME2 Productions v. Does 1-30 2:16-cv-04114  D.AZ.
  • ME2 Productions v. Does 1-17 2:16-cv-04123  D.AZ.
  • ME2 Productions v. Does 1-32 2:16-cv-04039 D.AZ.
  • ME2 Productions v. Does 1-14 2:16-cv-04075 D.AZ.

We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you: anonymous settlement, or prepare to fight back.

Attorneys: Don’t risk malpractice in a copyright lawsuit if you don’t do this type of work regularly – the  loser pays statutory and attorneys fees. We accept attorney referrals and are very experienced in this specialized litigation.

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There are numerous ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuits. Antonelli Law is the most experienced BT copyright defense firm in the country and represents clients nationwide.

Each lawsuit is filed in federal court and requests permission to find out the real names of internet users associated with IP addresses suspected of being part of the movie downloading. This is done by sending a subpoena to the internet company (ISP). Most people find out they are involved in the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their internet company (ISP) such as Comcast, COX, Comcast, or Verizon informing them of the copyright infringement allegations. A copy of a ME2 Productions Inc. Subpoena will probably be enclosed.

If you are the account holder for an internet service provider (ISP), your name is linked to an IP address. If you receive a Comcast Cable or other ISP letter informing you a subpoena was received to reveal your identity for a copyright infringement lawsuit, call Antonelli Law nationwide about your options including a motion to quash the subpoena at 312-201-8310.

ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas and summons can be scary or inconvenient, but we can help you manage the risk and the hassle.

More Information About Antonelli Law’s Nationwide Defense Practice

Antonelli Law defense attorneys and local counsel are admitted to the district courts wherever ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuits are filed from coast to coast. We are able to represent you in your federal case without being more expensive or more difficult to hire than hiring a local law firm in part because federal courts require attorneys to file their papers electronically, and often conduct hearings by telephone. This makes frequent trips to the courthouse unnecessary.

We can also defend you and help protect your anonymity in a ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuit if circumstances allow.

Call us for a free consultation nationwide at 312-201-8310

Some of our attorneys are listed below. We represent clients in Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Louisiana,Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia.

Who Are Our Local Counsel?

 

Mark Del Bianco  Jurisdictions: Maryland, Washington DC

 

Leslie Farber  Jurisdictions: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

 

Peter Glazer  Jurisdiction: Virginia

 

Byron L. Ames  Jurisdictions: Nevada & Utah

Tristan C. Robinson Jurisdiction: Texas

Jeffrey Antonelli  Jurisdictions: Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, and others through pro hac vice

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