I received a Comcast letter and Subpoena – Help!

I received a Comcast letter and Subpoena – Help!

For many people in the past five years, they have gotten their mail and been surprised and confused to receive a Comcast letter or other Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a copy of a subpoena informing them:

1) A subpoena was been received to reveal your identity in relation to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

2) If you do not file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena, then after a certain amount of time such as two weeks or 30 days, the ISP will then turn over your name to the Plaintiff who filed the lawsuit.

3) Sometimes, the ISP will advise you to speak with an attorney such as those listed with the EFF Subpoena Defense such as  Antonelli Law.

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The Comcast letter and subpoena probably relates to a federal copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that someone in the home illegally downloaded a movie using file-sharing software like BitTorrent.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If the Court does not “quash” the subpoena then Comcast (or your other ISP) will release your name to the company who filed the copyright infringement lawsuit. Once their attorney finds out your name, you will either be sent a letter demanding money to make the lawsuit go away, or you will be sued. Perhaps both.

WHAT CAN I DO?

First, Don’t panic. As long as you do not ignore this (especially if you are served with a summons) as long as you pay attention to this and speak with a lawyer you will be most likely be fine. It may cost you some money to resolve this, but it is highly likely it will not ruin your life.

Second, talk to a lawyer who is experienced in these kinds of lawsuits. Copyright infringement lawsuits can be tricky, involving statutory damages and attorney fee awards if you lose. Don’t use someone like your real estate or divorce lawyer. We accept attorney referrals, and Antonelli Law has the experience to competently help you. an attorney learn your options.

Click here to contact us for a free attorney consultation or call us at 312-201-8310.

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ISP Subpoena & Copyright Defense, BitTorrent lawsuits, Retain Antonelli Law Nationwide

Antonelli Law is one of the leading law firms in the country defending BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits. Antonelli Law has represented more than 1,500 clients since 2011 dealing with copyright trolls and satellite piracy trolls in nearly every federal court these cases have appeared. We can represent you in your federal copyright infringement defense no matter which state you live, and no more expensively than a local attorney in nearly all cases.Click here to contact us for a free attorney consultation or call us at 312-201-8310.What is a “Copyright Troll” Lawsuit and How Did I Get Involved?

Companies that believe their copyrighted movies (or sometimes software) are being downloaded or “shared” on the Internet without their being paid a license fee will hire companies who monitor BitTorrent traffic to learn the IP addresses associated with the downloads called BitTorrent “swarms”. But only having an IP address is pretty meaningless. How can they sue an IP address?

Read the following for details of the lawsuit steps or skip down to the section titled “The ISP Letter – Your Notice of the Lawsuit.”

The Filing of the Lawsuit – “John Doe” Defendants

The companies first hire law firms to file copyright infringement lawsuits in federal courts around the country. In the lawsuit’s Complaint and motions filed with the Court they allege:

1) They own the registered copyright to a protected “work” in copyright legalese (meaning usually the movie), and

2) They have the IP address(es) involved in the download/swarm, but need the court’s assistance to uncover the internet account subscriber who is associated with the IP address(es) involved in the downloading/swarm.

Note: Since the company does not yet know the identity of the person they believe is responsible for the copyright infringement activity, the lawsuit title (called “caption”) is Plaintiff against one or more unnamed Defendants usually called “Does” as in John Doe, Jane Doe, or Does 1-15.

So, the lawsuits are often filed with captions such as:

Malibu Media LLC v Doe
LHF Productions v. Does 1-15
Criminal Productions v. Does 1-15
Cell Film Holdings v. Does 1-15
Fathers & Daughters Nevada v Does 1-15

Others will file against unnamed defendants in the following ways:

Popcorn Time Users 1-10

Does 1-10 in Swarm Hash File Number
SHA1:6891D2D926CF288A517471D34419A95354D3DC8F

Motion for Expedited Discovery

In the next step, the company asserting the copyright, called the Plaintiff, files a motion with the court requesting special permission to issue a subpoena to the ISP that their database says services that IP address (this is the non-technical explanation). Under federal rules (Rule 45), a subpoena can normally only be issued much later in the development of a lawsuit.

Because the Plaintiff believes it cannot serve its lawsuit onto the person who pays the internet bill, called the Internet “subscriber”, until they know who that person is, the Plaintiff has to file a special motion to expedite discovery. If the Court grants the motion, the Court will usually do so but will provide a number of rules that must be followed. See this example of a Court order allowing a special subpoena to an ISP. This will result in a letter to the ISP subscriber often referred to as “the ISP letter”, which is often your first notification that you are becoming the target of a federal copyright lawsuit.

The ISP Letter – Your Notice of the Lawsuit
Once the Court issues its Order allowing expedited discovery permitting the Plaintiff to issue subpoenas to the ISP (Internet Service Provider), once the ISP receives the subpoena it will then send you a letter informing you:

1) A subpoena has been received to reveal your identity in relation to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

2) If you do not file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena, then after a certain amount of time such as two weeks or 30 days, the ISP will then turn over your name to the Plaintiff who filed the lawsuit.

3) Sometimes, the ISP will advise you to speak with an attorney such as those listed with the EFF Subpoena Defense which Antonelli Law is.

What Do I Do After Receiving the ISP Letter?

As described above, you should consult with an attorney experienced in BitTorrent copyright defense. Copyright infringement lawsuits are serious business because they involve potentially large statutory damage and attorney fee awards. But don’t panic. There are ways to deal effectively with the lawsuit, protect your identity in many cases, and even settle the lawsuit before you are ever served with the lawsuit. You can also discuss with your attorney how to begin planning to defend against the lawsuit.

Once you receive the ISP letter, the Court believes you are “on notice” of the lawsuit and therefore you have a duty not to delete or get rid of anything the Court might believe would be relevant to the lawsuit. Examples of things you must NOT do are: erasing or reformatting your computer hard drive, or throwing the computer away.

If you receive a letter from your ISP call Antonelli Law for a free initial consultation at 312-201-8310
or use our contact form or email us for an immediate reply to get started.

Why Should I Hire Antonelli Law?

Our high level of service sets us apart. If you need to speak with an attorney about receiving an ISP notice or summons about a BitTorrent copyright lawsuit anywhere in the country, call us for a free initial consultation with an attorney at 312-201-8310 or use our contact form or email us for an immediate reply to get started.

We appreciate the confidence other attorneys have shown referring their clients to our firm for this niche area. We are available to attorneys around the country for co-counsel assistance.

ISPs That Receive Subpoenas to Reveal Subscribers’ Identities

ISPs that receive subpoenas to reveal the identities of Internet subscribers based on their IP address include:

AT&T
CenturyLink
Charter
Comcast
COX
Frontier
Hawaiian Telecom
Optimum
Time Warner
Verizon
Windstream

…. and more.

An Overview of BitTorrent Copyright Infringment

“Copyright trolls” are law firms or individual lawyers who adopted a lucrative scheme to profit from copyright infringement allegations through what many call extortion. Copyright trolls represent holders of copyrights on movies (mostly pornography), software, and electronic books. We have represented many people targeted by these firms and know what you are going through.

To get an overview of this type of litigation and what you might expect to experience, click here for Jeffrey Antonelli’s article Torrent Wars: Copyright trolls, legitimate IP rights, and the need for new rules vetting evidence and to amend the Copyright Act published by the Illinois State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section, October 2013.

The article John Doe Copyright Suits’ No.1 Target” quoting Jeffrey Antonelli is also helpful to understand the rise of BitTorrent “John Doe” copyright lawsuits, including by Malibu Media LLC.

Recent Press on Antonelli Law
Click here for an NPR/WBEZ interview with attorney Jeffrey Antonelli.

“Often times people tell us, look, I can’t deal with this. This will put my job at risk. Or my reputation in the community–to have me named in a copyright lawsuit involving pornography could be devastating. So, I want to settle.”

Our Legal Services

We offer a reasonable Flat Fee for motions to quash, helping you settle and remain anonymous in many cases; and reasonable fees for defending you if you are named as a defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Selected severe financial hardship cases are handled on a reduced or pro bono basis. Attorney Antonelli has more than a decade of solid litigation experience in a broad range of commercial litigation as plaintiff and defendant, and every attorney at Antonelli Law is admitted to federal court.

In addition to being highly experienced in BitTorrent defense litigation and complex litigation in general, the attorneys of Antonelli Law are remarkable human beings with compassion, honesty, and integrity in their very fabric and give exemplary attention to our clients. We hope these qualities are as helpful to you in your case as our legal expertise. At the time your BitTorrent matter is resolved, we hope you will confidently feel we did the best possible job for you. Many client return to us for other legal issues in the future, and a number of left positive reviews on Yelp, Avvo, and blogs focused on this area of law.

We have years of solid litigation experience representing consumers and businesses and concentrates in representing people accused of BitTorrent copyright infringement. Our last complex trial involved computer firewalls, sophisticated commercial networks, and a Microsoft certified expert. in short, Antonelli Law provides serious legal advice for your copyright troll defense.

Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and all the federal courts of Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. We have co-counsel for federal copyright infringement cases in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. When a case calls from other states than these we proceed with pro hac vice admission as we have numerous times.

Hiring Antonelli Law Is No More Expensive than Hiring a Local Attorney in Your State

Hiring Antonelli Law to represent you in your federal case is not more expensive, or more difficult, compared to hiring a local attorney assuming you could find one experienced in BitTorrent copyright infringement defense. Federal court practice allows us to represent clients in any federal court in the country.

Why isn’t it more expensive? Federal courts require attorneys to file their papers electronically and often conduct hearings by telephone. This makes frequent trips to the courthouse unnecessary.  Clients normally pay only for the normal travel time to the courthouse any local attorney would charge.

Finally, we have affiliated local counsel in a number of states who have earned our trust and can appear in court if necessary on an expedited basis. We will make arrangements to be in court personally when necessary such as non-routine hearings or a trial.

I received a Comcast letter and Subpoena - Help!
I received a Comcast letter and Subpoena – Help!

LHF Productions Subpoenas North Carolinians for “London Has Fallen” Downloads

LHF Productions Subpoenas North Carolinians for “London Has Fallen” Downloads

North Carolinians are going to be surprised by a letter they will be receiving from Charter Communications and CenturyLink. What’s included with the letter? A subpoena from LHF Productions, Inc. Residents in the following cities will be receiving the letters:

Asheville, Benson, Boone, Clayton, Hickory, Holly Springs, Lenoir, Lillington, Louisburg, Maiden, Snow Hill, Wake Forest, and Wilkesboro

A federal lawsuit from the makers of the movie “London Has Fallen” alleges that customers of Charter Communications and CenturyLink illegally downloaded the movie from the Internet. If the allegations are proven including that file-sharing software such as BitTorrent was used, the down-loaders face up to $150,000 in statutory damages plus attorneys fees. While that top damage award is rare, a judge can award anything within a wide area of discretion from $750 to the top award of $150,000.

The name of the file these defendants are alleged to have downloaded is “London Has Fallen 2016 1080p BluRay x264″ with file hash number SHA1: 6B30D9F4FB05238053EA9201DDC079FF27923D59.

If you receive a subpoena in the mail along with a letter from Charter Communications about the LHF Productions, Inc.  lawsuit, don’t panic. Speak with an attorney who is experienced in BitTorrent copyright infringement defense.

Call us today for a free consultation at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below. Don’t panic. Learn the facts and speak for free, confidentially, with our experienced attorneys.

Attorney Amelia Niemi is a native of North Carolina and attorney Jeffrey Antonelli  has more than 15 years of litigation experience. Jeffrey and the other attorneys at Antonelli Law have been defending people targeted in BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits like the ones filed by  LHF Productions, Inc. for a long time and we have helped over 1,500 clients nationwide.

Use the contact form below and we will reply within one hour or less during business hours. We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you: anonymous settlement, prepare to fight back, or other options. Attorney referrals accepted.

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The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. Learn about what the notice means. Ask every question that concerns you. Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back. File a motion to quash subpoena? We’ll help you to decide.

Call us today for a free consultation at 312-201-8310

North Carolinians subpoenaed by LHF Productions Inc
North Carolinians subpoenaed by LHF Productions Inc

 

North Carolina District Court

16-cv-00739 LHF Productions Inc v. Does 1-10

16-cv-01050 LHF Productions Inc v. Does 1-10

16-cv-00149 LHF Productions Inc v. Does1-9

LHF Productions Inc Order allowing ISP subpoenas 16-CV-149 North Carolina 1-9

LHF Productions Inc Order allowing ISP subpoenas 16-CV-739 North Carolina

#LondonHasFallen #LHFProductions

Criminal Productions Inc Subpoena? Talk to a Lawyer For Free

Many people in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York are starting to receive copies of subpoenas from Criminal Productions Inc sent to them by their Internet service provider, like Comcast.

Criminal Productions Inc Subpoena? Talk to a Lawyer For Free

The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. Learn about what the notice means. Ask every question that concerns you. Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back. File a motion to quash? We’ll help you to decide.

Call us today for a free consultation at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below. Don’t panic. Learn the facts and speak for free, confidentially, with our experienced attorneys.

Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is a member of the federal District Court of Colorado bar and has more than 15 years litigation experience.  Our local counsel assists us in many states from California to New York. Jeffrey and the other attorneys at Antonelli Law have been defending people targeted in BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits like the ones filed by Criminal Productions Inc. for a long time and have helped over 1,500 clients nationwide.

Use the contact form below and we will reply within one hour or less during business hours. We understand the shock you may be feeling from receiving a notice of this action, and have the experience to help you deal with this in the best way possible for you: anonymous settlement, prepare to fight back, or other options. Attorney referrals accepted.

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Your notice and a copy of the subpoena will come from your ISP including CenturyLink, Comcast, COX, or Verizon. If you are served with a Summons, call us immediately at 312-201-8310.

District of Colorado
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-13 1:16-cv-01836

Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01813
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01802
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01761
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01724
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01698
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01688
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01649
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01649
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01589
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al 1:16-cv-01575

Northern District of Illinois
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-18 1:16-cv-05500
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-15 1:16-cv-05501
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-24 1:16-cv-05503
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-27 1:16-cv-05504
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-12 1:16-cv-05505
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-19 1:16-cv-05507
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-17 1:16-cv-05509
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-17 1:16-cv-05511
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-11 1:16-cv-05513
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-28 1:16-cv-05515

California

2:16-cv-04716 Millennium Films Inc, LHF Productions Inc, Criminal Productions Inc. v. DOE-76.170.195.248

2:16-cv-04718 Millennium Films Inc, LHF Productions Inc, Criminal Productions Inc. v. Doe-104.172.82.34

District of Arizona
Criminal Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-17 2:16-cv-01526

Subpoena from Criminal Productions Inc.
Subpoena from Criminal Productions Inc.

Got a Cell Film Holdings Subpoena? Ask a Lawyer for Free

Many people in Texas will soon be receiving copies of subpoenas from Cell Film Holdings LLC sent to them by their Internet service provider Comcast.

The subpoena comes out of lawsuit filed by Cell Film Holdings LLC in Houston federal court, alleging that Comcast subscribers in Baytown, Houston, Katy, Kemah, League City, Pasadena, Richmond, Spring, Stafford, and Texas City illegally downloaded the movie “Cell” for free using file-sharing software and the Internet.

US District Judge Gray H. Miller signed an Order allowing the company to issue the Cell Film Holdings subpoenas to Comcast.

Cell Film Holdings LLC Subpoena? Talk to a Lawyer For Free – Click here

The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. Houston attorney Tristan Robinson is local counsel for Antonelli Law, a national BT Copyright Defense Group that has defended over 1,500 people accused of online copyright infringement.  Contact us and let our experience help you make the right legal decision for you.

  • Learn about what the notice means.
  • Ask every question that concerns you.
  • Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back.
  • File a motion to quash? We’ll help you to decide.

Call us today for a free consultation at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below. Don’t panic. Learn the facts and speak for free, confidentially, with our experienced attorneys.

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More information on the Cell Film Holdings LLC Lawsuit

Case Name: Call Film Holdings LLC v. Does 1–15, anonymous BitTorrent users participating in file-sharing
swarm identified by hash ending in 2EA8

File name Cell.2016.HDRip.XViD-ETRG

Hash: 41802F9EB8B6EEF8456BF6B58ACC8A4EBDD92EA8 (SHA1)

ISP: Comcast Communications Management, L.L.C.

Downloaded: Between June 10 and July 24 2016

 

Cell Film Holdings Subpoena

LHF Productions Inc Subpoena? Talk to a Lawyer For Free

This week, many people in Illinois are starting to receive copies of subpoenas from LHF Productions Inc. sent to them by their Internet service provider, like Comcast.

LHF Productions Inc Subpoena? Talk to a Lawyer For Free

The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. Learn about what the notice means. Ask every question that concerns you. Learn the facts and decide if you want to settle the lawsuit anonymously, wait to see if nothing happens, or plan to fight back. File a motion to quash? We’ll help you to decide.

Call us today for a free consultation at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below. Don’t panic. Learn the facts and speak for free, confidentially, with our experienced attorneys.

We at Antonelli Law have been defending people targeted in BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits like the one filed by LHF Productions Inc. for a long time and have helped over 1,500 clients nationwide. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli has more than 15 years litigation experience and is admitted to the trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois federal court.

Use the contact form below and we will reply within one hour or less during business hours.

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LHF Productions Inc Subpoenas Residents Accused of Downloading "London Has Fallen"
LHF Productions Inc Subpoenas Residents Accused of Downloading “London Has Fallen”

 

Click here for the Order allowing ISP subpoenas issued by judge Andrea Wood in LHF Productions Inc v Does 1- 19 16-cv-06800.

In late June 2016, LHF Productions filed 12 new copyright lawsuits in the Northern District Court of Illinois against 315 defendants with each defendant being an unnamed “Doe.”

On July 19 and 20th 2016, LHF Productions, Inc. filed motions before ten federal judges in the Northern District of Illinois requesting permission to issue subpoenas to Comcast Cable to reveal the identities of internet subscribers who allegedly downloaded the movie “London Has Fallen” without permission using BitTorrent.

On July 20th, Northern District of Illinois federal judge Andrea Wood granted the request of LHF Productions, Inc. to issue subpoenas to Comcast Cable to reveal the names of Illinois internet subscribers who allegedly downloaded the movie “London Has Fallen.” Click here for the Order allowing ISP subpoenas issued by judge Andrea Wood in LHF Productions Inc v Does 1- 19 16-cv-06800.

If you are the account holder for an internet service provider (ISP), your name is linked to an IP address. If you receive an ISP letter informing you a subpoena was received to reveal your identity, click here to learn about motions to quash or call Antonelli Law of Chicago at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below.

Comcast subscribers living in Aurora, Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Carpentersville, Chicago, Bridgeview, Des Plaines, Forest Park, Lansing, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Oak Park, Oswego, Rockford, Round Lake, Sycamore, Waukegan, Wheaton, Wheeling, and Wilmette will receive letters from Comcast informing them that court a subpoena was received to reveal their identity and that they have the opportunity to file a motion to quash the subpoena  to try to prevent their identity being released to LHF Productions, Inc.’s attorneys.

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