Need a copyright infringement defense attorney
July 9, 2012 6:51 PM Subscribe
Received a notice that my contact information was subpoenaed from my ISP, since my IP was associated with copyright infringement (torrenting). Obviously, I need a lawyer, even though I haven't been sued (yet). Resources online mostly point to lawyers in NY, CA, and FL. I'm not in any of those places. What's the best way to find a lawyer who can represent me?
posted by anonymous to law & government (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Looks like a company widely known as a "copyright troll" on the internet has caught my IP in one of their sweeps. Worse, it looks like it's for porn. It's not the sort of thing I would blab widely, but I wouldn't be devastated if it got out (I already told my SO).
Would my best bet be to find a local lawyer who will take on this sort of case, or to find a lawyer who isn't local who has handled this sort of thing before? Or maybe to ask the not-local specialized lawyer for a local recommendation?
I have until August 6 to give notice that I'm contesting the subpoena, so I'm not in a super rush, but I figure it's better to figure out what's going on sooner rather than later.
Side question-- does anyone have experience with this sort of notice? When is it necessary to get really lawyered up? I've seen folks online saying that they do sometimes go away, but I'm definitely not counting on being that lucky.
It would majorly suck to have to pay a settlement on the low end ($1000); anything much more than that is basically impossible.
I'm not interested in taking this fight to court to make any sort of principled stand; I think those arguments are basically BS. (Which, yes, does make me a hypocrite-- one who assumed he wouldn't be caught.). I can be reached at the following e-mail address for anonymous advice, etc: firstname.lastname@example.org
YANAL, YANML, all those (basically useless, right?) disclaimers.