Should you Fight Back or Settle?

People have been successfully fighting back and getting these lawsuits thrown out all over the country. The earlier you start fighting, the better your chances of success. Do not wait until after you have received a lawsuit, contact a lawyer as soon you receive a subpoena or pre-lawsuit settlement demand. It is possible to stop these lawsuits before they begin by fighting the subpoena process that the record companies use to learn the identities of the people they sue.

We also understand that it is not always practical or cost-effective to fight back. We can help you analyze the facts and the law in your case to help you make an informed decision. We know the issues, both legal and technological, involved in these cases and are not afraid to fight even the strongest of foes. While we deal with the legal issues in your case, we fully understand the pressures and anxieties that you have to deal with on a day to day basis. We will help you through this very difficult time by providing a helping hand as well as an aggressive legal representation.

How can a Lawyer Help?

If you have received pre-litigation settlement demand papers from the record companies, don't do anything without first talking to a lawyer. The biggest mistake most people make is calling the RIAA settlement line and trying to reason with them and explain their situation. The RIAA settlement line people are not authorized to drop charges, dismiss the lawsuit, or even negotiate a lower settlement. Their only job is to collect information to improve their case against you and to collect the non-negotiable settlement demands.

The record companies do not care about your situation. They only care about settlement money - money they don't share with their artists and use to file more lawsuits against other people just like yourself. The record companies only goal is to create fear among people they think might download music illegally, whether or not they actually downloaded music illegally. Unfortunately, trying to explain things won't make the problem go away and might make the situation worse. By trying to explain yourself you might give them enough information to pursue you or a family member for something you didn't know was illegal or something you didn't even do. Everything you say will be used against you. That is why you need a lawyer who has dealt with these people before. A lawyer with experience in these types of cases can protect you from losing your case before it begins.

We represent:

people who have been sued for copyright infringement based on alleged computer file-sharing, or
people who have received so-called "settlement demands" for file-sharing claims.

We accept cases involving the following record labels:

Arista, Atlantic, BMG, Capitol, Elektra, Fonovisa, Interscope, Lava, Loud,
Maverick, Motown, Priority, SONY, UMG, Virgin, Warner, and others.

Contact an Austin RIAA / Copyright Defense Lawyer at the Law Office of Justin Copeland Today

At the Law Office of Justin Copeland we believe a client's defense is only as good as the relationship with his or her attorney. This relationship is best developed through open communication. For this reason, the Law Office of Justin Copeland is available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and Mr. Copeland personally returns all of his phone calls.

If you or someone you know has been accused of illegal file-sharing, and wants to consult a lawyer before proceeding, please contact us to arrange a consultation.

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