Ryan Mazur was quoted extensively in a Newsweek article discussing a high-profile copyright infringement case involving country music star Luke Combs and fan Nicol Harness. This case highlights not just potential problems with service of process via email, but also the evolving relationship between artists and fans in the digital age.
The Case at a Glance
The case, as reported by Newsweek (read the full article here), revolves around Luke Combs offering to pay legal fees for a fan, Nicol Harness, who he sued for copyright infringement. The fan’s business was served with process via email, under a new Florida law that allows plaintiffs to serve businesses with process via email or other technological means, if traditional methods of service are unsuccessful. The fan made and sold Combs-themed tumblers after attending his Tampa gig in July, making $380 by selling them on Amazon. She claimed she was unaware of the lawsuit, as the notification had reportedly gone into the spam folder of an AOL account she seldom checks.
From the article:
According to Ryan Mazur—a Florida-based attorney and the founder of Mazur [Legal] Research—a new state law passed in 2022 allows defendants to be served by email if they have been unable to reach them by other means.
“A plaintiff must first obtain court approval, which would be done by filing a motion that identifies all the various efforts made to serve, like sending out a process server to all known business addresses,” he told Newsweek.
“A plaintiff must also show that email service would be ‘reasonably effective,’ which could be done by identifying a particular email address that the defendant frequently uses.”
“If the plaintiff obtains a court order and serves via email—the defendant can still challenge the validity of that service—but they’ll have to come forth with better evidence than ‘I never saw it,'” Mazur explained.
“Typically, a defendant would have to prove that plaintiff failed to meet the initial requirements to obtain email service in the first place, which will be very difficult to do, because a judge has already reviewed that evidence once and found it to be sufficient.”
Combs asked his manager to track down Harness. The 33-year-old explained he does have a company that “goes after folks” for copyright infringement, but it is only supposed to target large corporations that illegally use his likeness.https://www.newsweek.com/luke-combs-offers-fan-money-suing-copyright-infringement-nicol-harness-1852315
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For those who want to dive deeper into the case and my perspective as featured in Newsweek, I encourage you to read the article. It’s an excellent example of how Mazur Legal Research stays engaged with significant legal developments and contributes meaningfully to the discourse.
As an attorney specializing in legal research and writing services, I had the honor of contributing my insights on this significant change to Florida’s service of process laws. At Mazur Legal Research, we are more than just a service provider; we are a knowledgeable partner in navigating the complex, ever-changing legal landscape.