An anonymous reader writes: A friend of mine is being sued by the MPAA for allegedly infringing on the copyright of a movie. Her identity was obtained from Verizon, under due process so there was no reason to fight this. I contacted the EFF on behalf of my friend, who were not at all interested, even advising that my friend should just pay the protection money that is being asked for, as it would be cheaper than hiring an attorney to defend herself. I actually feel that no case can possibly be made against my friend for the following reasons:
1) The file was never downloaded by her.
2) There is no harddrive evidence. She took her computer in to be formatted and reinstalled before ever receiving a notice that she must not delete any media
3) She regularly has guests at least once a month from many different countries, all who use her internet connection
4) She ran an unsecured wifi connection for some time
With no proof and any number of possible people who could have downloaded the file, surely they have no case?
I am familiar with Australian and UK law, not so much US law. The principles are largely the same however, and I would like to try and fight my friends case (just with wording motions and such, not actually representing her), but I am desperate as to where I could get some free advice to enable me to do so. I have very specific questions, and am not looking for free representation. Does the slashdot community have any suggestions on where I may find such advice, or opinions on if I can simply apply to have the case dismissed?