Is Somebody Seeding the Malibu Media LLC Movies?
According to BitTorrent Inc., seeding is “where you leave your BitTorrent client open after you’ve finished your download to help distribute it (you distribute the file while downloading, but it’s even more helpful if you continue to distribute the full file even after you have finished downloading)”
But the type of seeding I am concerned with is what is called a honeypot. That is, a torrent “file” helpfully placed on the internet (“seeded”) so that users download the movie in order for them to be sued by the copyright holder. This was made famous by the criminal allegations by the DOJ against law firm Prenda.
For example, according to this article by prolific blogger SJD of FightCopyrightTrolls.com there have been at least 50 instances of movies belonging to Malibu Media LLC that appeared on torrent sites before they appeared on the x-art.com website.
TO BE VERY CLEAR, I am not accusing Malibu Media LLC or any of its lawyers of doing what Prenda did. I am however reminded by the points below to be vigilant against complacency, and not to allow crises of the day and individual client matters to obscure looking at foundational issues in these BitTorrent copyright infringement cases.
If these data points are in fact accurate, it is worthy of further investigation in a vigorous lawsuit defense of a Malibu Media LLC lawsuit. Whether there is anything to these questions is up for debate. But asking the question and looking for evidence is an exercise that is necessary from time to time in the interest of justice.
In addition, a recent TorrentFreak article informed us that a federal judge in Washington State is raising serious questions about an unrelated copyright holder who is suing people likewise accused of violating the US Copyright Act by using BitTorrent to obtain their movie for free. That judge’s questions about the possibility of irregularities in the IP address investigations of that copyright holder, including possible fictitious declarations, and claims that the IP address information of accused Defendants is impossibly perfect, reminds us to take a critical look beyond the pleadings filed in each individual lawsuit case.
Be vigilant, and don’t download copyrighted material without permission. Being sued in federal court is a time-consuming and costly experience.
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MALIBU MEDIA LLC ISP Subpoena: MALIBU MEDIA LLC, the movie company behind the adult movies featured on the X-Art.com website is suing New Jersey, as well as New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington DC, and Illinois Internet users for using file-sharing software to obtain its movies for free.
Malibu Media LLC filed the following new cases in New Jersey in January 2018.
These cases are:
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00200
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00201
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00202
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00203
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00204
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00205
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00206
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00208
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00209
Malibu Media v. John Doe 2:18-cv-00210
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00212
Malibu Media v. John Doe 3:18-cv-00213
Malibu Media LLC is represented in New Jersey by attorney Patrick J. Cerillo
Did You Receive a Copyright Infringement Notice from Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
Did you receive a copyright infringement notice from your internet service provider (ISP), and a subpoena from MALIBU MEDIA LLC for the illegal download of their adult movies featured on X-Art.com? Don’t panic, we’re here to help. The letter from your ISP explains that you can file a Motion to Quash or Vacate the Subpoena. Call us for our free consultation, we will explain what this means and how it may benefit you.
Our experience defending clients against Malibu Media LLC nationwide is so extensive attorney Jeffrey Antonelli has been interviewed by Bloomberg news and many others. We have defended nearly 600 people nationwide from Malibu Media LLC lawsuits, including approximately 50 people in New Jersey.
Why Did I Receive a Subpoena from MALIBU MEDIA LLC?
MALIBU MEDIA LLC hired a law firm to sue people who allegedly downloaded their copyright movies for free and thus committing copyright infringement. When that law firm filed the lawsuit, all they had was an IP address relating to the alleged computer downloads. They did not have a name to match the IP address.
In order for the law firm to name and serve the Internet Subscriber with the lawsuit Summons and Complaint, they must first issue a subpoena to the internet company to reveal the name and address of the internet subscriber whose account matches the IP address.
When the internet company receives the subpoena, it issues the account holder a letter and copy of the subpoena it received, informing that the subpoena was received and that a motion to quash the subpoena can be filed before it releases the account subscriber’s name and address.
Essentially, MALIBU MEDIA LLC is alleging that someone in the home or office illegally downloaded adult (pornographic) movies they have produced using file-sharing software such as BitTorrent without paying a license fee.
Set up a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case, or keep reading below for more information on what you can expect from your case with MALIBU MEDIA LLC.
What Do I Do About My MALIBU MEDIA LLC ISP Subpoena?
Firstly and most importantly- don’t ignore it! You have a limited amount of time to decide what to do; the longer you leave it, the fewer choices you’ll have. Typically, you have anywhere from two weeks to one month after receiving the ISP letter and MALIBU MEDIA LLC subpoena to decide what to do.
Secondly, deleting anything could make the penalties worse, don’t try to hide anything.
Don’t Sign Anything Before Speaking with a Copyright Defense Attorney
If you receive a Waiver of Service of Summons form in the mail, don’t sign it before speaking with an experienced attorney. Signing the Waiver of Service of Summons form you received in the mail from the movie company’s lawyer will in some cases lead to an unfair default or consent judgments against you.
Speaking with an experienced attorney with a background in ISP subpoena defense can help you make informed decisions about how to proceed. Antonelli Law provides free copyright infringement consultations to those area users being sued by MALIBU MEDIA LLC.
If you want to read more about recent cases of ISP users in copyright infringement allegation lawsuits, consider this article by Jeffrey Antonelli about “copyright troll” litigation, published by the Illinois State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. It speaks to our experience in this field of litigation.
Once you’ve spoken to an experienced ISP Subpoena Defense Attorney, you’ll understand your specific case better, but generally, you have three options:
Malibu Media LLC Defendants’ Options for the MALIBU MEDIA LLC Copyright Infringement Claims:
- Resolve the case anonymously
- File a motion to quash before it gets to court
- Prepare to fight your case in court
Antonelli Law knows how to help you figure out the best action for your subpoena defense and the MALIBU MEDIA LLC Copyright Infringement Claims. We’re the nation’s most experienced BT copyright defense firm, with a record of having helped nearly 2,000 people across the country accused of downloading movies over the internet in the types of lawsuits such as the one brought by MALIBU MEDIA LLC against Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC area users over the adult movies featured on the X-Art.com website.
Contact us to see which option is best for your MALIBU MEDIA LLC case.
Resolving Your MALIBU MEDIA LLC Copyright Infringement Case Anonymously
The easiest and most common way to resolve your MALIBU MEDIA LLC case is out of court. Choosing this option allows you to settle anonymously. At Antonelli Law, we charge a flat legal fee of somewhere between $1,500 – $2,000 for anonymous settlements.
Filing a Motion to Quash the MALIBU MEDIA LLC Subpoena You Received
The motion to quash argues that the lawsuit’s complaints claiming copyright infringement only claim a few ‘bits’ of data were transmitted by the IP address and user in question, therefore they do not provide enough evidence to make a claim on copyright infringement, and the court should throw out the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by MALIBU MEDIA LLC due to deficiency, then the court should also quash the subpoena for the user in question. At Antonelli Law, we offer a flat rate for filing motions to quash a subpoena.
This option is not without risks. Contact Antonelli’s experienced ISP subpoena defense lawyers to discuss this option further.
Preparing to Fight Your MALIBU MEDIA LLC Case in Court
When choosing to fight a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against you by MALIBU MEDIA LLC, for the illegal downloading of their movies from X-Art.com. Antonelli Law should be your first choice for defense.
We have local counsel coast to coast, to help us efficiently settle or fight lawsuits brought against our clients. We offer free consultations where we explain what you can expect when fighting this copyright infringement lawsuit from MALIBU MEDIA LLC in court. After that, we charge an hourly fee.
There are many defense standpoints from which we can tenaciously work to fight the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Connecticut, New York, and Maryland area users by MALIBU MEDIA LLC over the adult (pornographic) movies from “X-Art.com”. One of the most common forms of defense is claiming that the user who transmitted the data for the adult movies featured on the X-Art.com website. through a BitTorrent is not the user at this IP address.
This is a strong defense because the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against the defendant assumes that the defendant used their own IP address to transmit the data for the movie. However, hackers often disguise their IP addresses when illegally transmitting data online, so in many cases, the defendant is not at fault and did not commit copyright infringement by downloading Malibu Media LLC (X-Art.com) movies over a bit torrent.
Why Choose Antonelli Law as Your Experienced ISP Subpoena Defense Law Firm in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Maryland, or Washington DC?
- We offer fair and competitive prices, which are no more expensive than hiring an ordinary local Connecticut, New York, and Maryland attorney.
- We have a national team and are very experienced in this niche area of the law and are able to represent you in your federal case
- This area of law is fast paced and changes happen rapidly, so we are continuously following the latest developments in cases nationwide
- We have years of experience representing ISP users accused of Bit Torrent copyright infringement and helping to resolve nearly 2000 cases
- We have strong credentials standing behind our arguments and the other side is well aware of this
- We understand the panic or anxiety you may feel at receiving a copyright infringement lawsuit from MALIBU MEDIA LLC over the adult movies featured on the X-Art.com website. , and we are experienced in helping Connecticut, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC area users make calm, informed decisions throughout this process. We have helped over 500 individuals and companies effectively resolve copyright infringement claims made by Malibu Media LLC.
Ready to take the first step in resolving the MALIBU MEDIA LLC copyright infringement allegations brought against Connecticut, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC users over their adult movies from “X-Art.com”?
Contact us today.
The Case Numbers for the MALIBU MEDIA LLC Copyright Infringement Claims are:
Malibu Media v. Doe
Illinois – Northern District of Illinois
Malibu Media, LLC v Doe
District of Columbia
Malibu Media v. Doe
Malibu Media v. Doe
Malibu Media v. Doe
Malibu Media v. Doe
Malibu Media LLC is represented in New York by attorney Kevin T. Conway
Malibu Media LLC Sues ILLINOIS Internet Users For Movie Downloads – ISP Subpoena Defense
We File Motions to Quash Subpoenas – Free Consultation With Antonelli Law Defense