Subpoena MySpace information

Getting information from Facebook and MySpace, the two biggest social networks, can be an important litigation tool. While Facebook will accept service by fax or mail, MySpace requires personal service on its registered agent at the following address:

2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Here is all the information from MySpace:

MySpace received your request for information regarding proper service of legal process. MySpace requires personal service of legal requests to our registered agent in Los Angeles.

Please note that MySpace requires specific information in order to comply with your legal request. Providing only the user’s first and last names or dates of birth is not sufficient to identify the user’s profile. MySpace requires that you provide the user’s unique friend ID number or url. The friend ID number is located in the url line. For example, within the url, the friend ID is 6221.

The type of information MySpace can produce in response to a legal request is restricted by federal law. With a subpoena, MySpace may lawfully produce basic subscriber information and IP logs for a user’s account. MySpace is prohibited from lawfully producing the contents of a user’s private mail messages or stored content files held or maintained on behalf of a user to a any non-government entity, by the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) 18 U.S.C. §§ 2702-2703. The materials protected from disclosure by Section 2702(a)(2) include MySpace user content including, but not limited to, friend lists, photos, blogs and private messages.

If these records are truly integral to the instant case, the clearly available mechanism for obtaining them is for the owner of the MySpace accounts in question to consent. For civil matters, this consent must be accompanied by a subpoena. To provide proper consent, MySpace requires that a user supply a signed statement containing the friend ID for the account, the password associated with the account, the user’s zip code, and the birth date provided to MySpace. You may also obtain an Order from the court compelling the owner of the account to consent to the disclosure of the emails in question.

MySpace requires personal service of subpoenas in civil matters. MySpace will accept personal service at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90067 between the hours of 9:30-12:30 and 2:30-5:30. Personal service will also be accepted at CSC locations throughout the state of California. For a list of California locations, please call 888-690-2882. All subpoenas should be addressed to the Custodian of Records for Additionally, MySpace will only accept subpoenas from out-of-state civil litigants if they have been properly domesticated through a California court.

You can also subpoena Facebook information.


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  • Erica

    Great information. How, specifically, do I “domesticate” a New Mexico subpoena through a CA court? I need to know ASAP if possible!

  • @Erica: I think you will have to ask a California lawyer that question, or else see if MySpace will answer your question.

  • Mike G.

    If your case is in Federal Court, you can simply issue a subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and it is “domesticated.” (Although you will need to designate a place of production in the state.)

    State court subpoenas are somewhat more difficult. California recently passed the Interstate and International Depositions Act, Cal. Code Civ. Proc. Section 2029.100, et seq. which sets forth a process. Essentially you either need a local attorney to reissue an identical subpoena in california, known as a Deposition Supoena for Production of Business Records, with a Notice to Consumer, or else you can submit a subpoena form, with your New Mexico subpoena and a commission to take foreign deposition, to the Superior Court of the County where it will be served (Los Angeles County for MySpace and Santa Clara County for Facebook.)

    We have not yet tried this second approach, since the CA Judicial Council has not yet issued the appropriate forms (not due until Jan. 1, 2010 per the code), and since nearly everything in California state courts are form driven. You can find the code at, regular subpoena form at, and Notice to comsumer at

    Additionally, you will need to designate and approved “deposition officer” to receive the documents. To date, I have been quite satisfied with First Reprographics, which is part of the First Legal Network (who can also serve the subpoena for you), but I’m sure you may be able to find many others as well. Any good CA deposition officer should be able to answer any other questions you have.

    Good luck!

  • Melissa

    it was my understanding that myspace would take subpoenas via fax for criminal matters but not civil matters.

  • J


    Have you been able to confirm this?

    Any idea if we’ll need the consent from the account holder to get information?

    • J,

      By definition, if you are obtaining information from MySpace by subpoena, you are doing it without needing the user’s permission.

  • Juan Hernandez

    It is my understanding that they must accept subpoena service by fax. Does any one have their fax number and/or helpdesk phone number for