Malibu Media continued its copyright enforcement litigation scheme by filing 14 new cases in Chicago in April of 2018. Malibu is the most prolific copyright plaintiff in the country and remains the most aggressive of plaintiffs in the copyright infringement movie download realm. Unfortunately, Chicago remains one of Malibu’s most targeted jurisdictions. Malibu produces pornographic films in the form of short pornographic vignettes. They immediately register these works with the copyright office and commence online monitoring watching for people they believe are downloading and distributing pieces of the works using BitTorrent apps or websites. Malibu Media depends on a person’s desire to remain anonymous due to the fact that the films are pornographic.
If you are the target of a Malibu Media movie download lawsuit, I can help. Call me for a free consultation at 312-994-2424 any time, seven days per week and we can talk about how best to protect your rights. I have 8 years of experience litigating and settling Malibu Media cases, and I am one of the few attorneys in the country who has litigated one to conclusion. You can read about my success against Malibu here. As with most lawsuits, you can maximize your results if you at quickly after you receive a subpoena notification letter. It is possible to keep your name private and off the court’s public docket and maximize the time you have in which to negotiate a settlement or plan to fight the case.
If you have received a letter from Malibu’s attorney, you can still act to protect your identity from public disclosure. If you fail to respond after you receive notice from your ISP or a letter from Malibu’s attorney, Malibu will amend the lawsuit to publicly name you and have you served. I strongly advise that you do not wait until you are served a copy of the summons and complaint. At that point, your name will be part of the public record of the case. In some instances I can file a motion to remove your name from the docket, but there is no guarantee that the judge will allow it. Even if the judge does allow your name to be removed from the court’s public docket, your case may have already been reported to other public websites which are under no obligation to remove your name. Another problem that arises if you wait until you are served to seek legal advice is that when you are served it sets legal deadlines and procedures in motion with the court, which can place you on a shorter timetable to get your case resolved.
A free consultation is incredibly valuable for anyone who got a letter either from their ISP or from the attorney for Malibu. Call 312-994-2424 for a free consultation directly with me, Attorney Erin Russell, any time, seven days per week. I can talk with you about your case based on the number of movies Malibu is alleging you downloaded, give you an idea of your financial and legal exposure, and provide you with a plan to protect your identity and your assets. These steps are important if you intend to litigate and also if you intend to settle. If you want to read more about my experience with Malibu cases in general, you can so do here.
These are the Malibu Media cases filed in the Northern District of Illinois in April of 2018:
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02528
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02529
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02531
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02532
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02533
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02537
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02538
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02539
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02540
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02541
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02543
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02544
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02545
Malibu Media, LLC v. John Doe — 1:18-v-02546