On August 31st, LHF Productions Inc. sued 15 unnamed Minnesota residents for copyright infringement in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Burnsville and Chaska for allegedly downloading the movie “London Has Fallen.” These residents are users of COMCAST internet. LHF Productions Inc. alleges these persons used file-sharing software such as BitTorrent to illegally download the movie.
LHF Productions Inc. alleges that these COMCAST users downloaded the movie between June 03, 2016 and June 04, 2016.
The name of the file downloaded is called London.Has.Fallen.2016.1080p.BluRay.6CH.ShAaNiG.mkv
The hash file number is SHA1: F57D4098BC49996D12F0D89858A1284E1FE1DDC7
The text of the Complaint makes allegations against 23 defendants but the Exhibit shows only 15 IP addresses. LHF Productions Inc. requests trial by jury, actual damages or statutory damages pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504, an injunction, attorneys fees, and other relief. Copyright infringement actions can result in statutory damages from between $750 and $150,000 plus attorneys fees.
We expect there to be even more LHF Productions Inc. Lawsuits in Minnesota based on litigation activity by LHF Productions Inc in other jurisdictions.
If you received a subpoena from COMCAST about this lawsuit we can answer all your questions at 312-201-8310. Antonelli Law has local counsel in Minnesota which enables us to efficiently and effectively handle your case. We have defended more than 1,500 clients nationwide who have been accused of BitTorrent copyright litigation since 2011. Call us and we will explain each of your legal options as well as the risks and benefits of each.
We will explain what COMCAST is talking about when it mentions a “motion to quash or vacate the subpoena” and more.
Usually your first notice about the LHF Productions Inc. lawsuit is a letter from your ISP such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, or Verizon and a subpoena. The letter notifies you that the ISP has been subpoenaed to release your name to the plaintiff. The letter often mentions your right to file in court a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena.
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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 a BitTorrent defense lawyer 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. A BitTorrent defense lawyer is experienced with computer networking, computer forensics, and litigation. But perhaps more importantly, a BitTorrent defense lawyer knows better than most how the BitTorrent copyright litigation “game” is played – the plaintiff attorneys, the plaintiff’s “experts,” weaknesses of plaintiffs’ legal and technological claims, and other factors learned by hard work and many clients in different jurisdictions.
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.
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