Is Comcast’s Xfinity Residential WiFi Hotspot Responsible For Accused Doe in ME2 Productions Lawsuit in Chicago? Antonelli Law Defense

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Is Comcast’s Xfinity Residential WiFi Hotspot Responsible For Accused Doe in ME2 Productions Lawsuit in Chicago?

ME2 Productions Inc. , the copyright holder of the movie  “Mechanic: Resurrection” starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Lee Jones has sued more than 1,000 Chicagoland internet users in the Northern District of Illinois federal court (and in other states).

The company accuses mostly Comcast internet subscribers of illegally downloading the movie “Mechanic: Resurrection” for free. This article provides opinion and general information but is not legal advice.

One person targeted in a Chicago ME2 Productions lawsuit, Doe Defendant #4, has filed a Motion to Quash Subpoena to prevent Comcast from turning over his/her identity to the movie company’s lawyers. But the reason this Defendant has to try to persuade the judge to stop it from happening is unique.

A Chicago ME2 Productions Inc. Lawsuit Has Us Asking Questions

Since Antonelli Law is located in Chicago (in the beautiful 35 East Wacker Drive building) we thought we would look more closely this week at a Chicago-based ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuit that has us asking questions.

This time, we’re looking at Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi Hotspots. Many of the defendants in the Chicago ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuits are subscribers to Comcast/Xfinity. And one Comcast/Xfinity subscriber  targeted in a ME2 Productions lawsuit is fighting back, and for an intriguing reason.

Leased Comcast/Xfinity WIFI Routers Are Broadcasting Not ONE But TWO WIFI Signals

Apparently Comcast internet subscribers who lease their router from Comcast are broadcasting not one, but two wifi signals – with the second essentially being made available to many in the public.

And according to one Doe Defendant, Defendant #4 in ME2 Productions Inc.v Does 1-28  case number 1:17-cv-03852, he or she suspects that someone else used the Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspot on his Comcast-provided router to illegally download the movie “Mechanic: Resurrection”.

The Doe Defendant alleges the Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspot is responsible he or she being accused of the “Mechanic Resurrection” illegal download.

Doe Motion to Quash Subpoena alleges Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspot responsible for Doe 4 Motion to Quash Subpoena "Mechanic Resurrection" illegal download - ME2 Productions 17-cv-03852
Doe alleges Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspot responsible for Doe 4 Motion to Quash Subpoena “Mechanic Resurrection” illegal download – ME2 Productions 17-cv-03852

Doe #4 filed a Motion to Quash Subpoena to prevent Comcast from revealing his or her name and address to the movie company. The purpose of doing so is to prevent him or her from being served with a copyright infringement lawsuit by the owner of the movie’s copyright, ME2 Productions Inc.

So What Is Comcast’s Xfinity WIFI Hotspot?

Until fairly recently, we had not heard about this issue. Here is the FAQ page from Comcast:

 

Comcast’s Response

We called Comcast’s Legal Response Center seeking explanation, and assurance that a different IP address is assigned to the WIFI signal of the Xfinity WIFI Hotspot. It was explained to us as follows:

  • The WiFI signal used by the internet subscriber at home is called the “inward facing” wifi signal.
  • the WiFi signal used by others by credentialing in to the WiFI Hotspot is called the “outward facing” WiFi signal.

We were assured that torrenting activity of the person using the “outward facing” WiFi hotspot would show their own IP address due to their “credentialing in” to the outward facing WiFi signal. The torrenting would NOT show up as the homeowner’s “inward facing” WiFi signal IP address.

We would like to see a whitepaper or other documentation from Comcast to further assure that the homeowner’s IP address will not appear in torrenting activity of a user of the “outward facing” WiFi signal. Another post will be required to report on the results of our further investigation of the existence of supporting documentation.

Note: We also called the number provided on the webpage for Xfinity WIFI Hotspot, 1-866-489-0919. However, the computerized system required a Comcast account number to proceed further.

The Judge in the ME2 Productions Inc Lawsuit in Chicago Has Not yet Decided

The judge, the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, has not yet decided Doe #4’s Motion to Quash Subpoena.

Piracy Happens, But Innocent Subscribers Get Accused Too

As we have said many times, including in attorney Jeffrey Antonelli’s published article “Torrent Wars” it is undisputed that internet piracy is a large problem for copyright holders, but innocent people can be targeted, too,  in free movie download lawsuits. The data can be wrong, and paying the internet bill does not mean you illegally downloaded the movie for free.

Want to Talk to Antonelli Law in a Free Consultation?

We hope this article has shown that we understand how BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits work, and we can help you resolve one if filed against you in the best way that works for you.

ME2 Productions Inc is suing a lot of people in Chicago’s federal court, and Antonelli Law is the nation’s most experienced law firm defending BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits.  We are located in downtown Chicago and are admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois federal court. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the Northern District of Illinois Trial and General Bar.

Call us at 312-201-8310 or use our confidential contact form here.

More Information in the ME2 Productions Inc Lawsuits

Does ME2 Productions Inc. Have Enough Data to Prove Its Claims?

In many free movie lawsuits, the movie company alleges that its agents obtained data from the alleged IP address of the defendant in what is called a BitTorrent “swarm” – which is one way people download large files.

But how much data is enough for a legally sufficient lawsuit complaint? In some cases, these lawsuits can be challenged because the Plaintiff must show:

  1. It has ownership of a valid copyright and
  2. The defendant violated the copyright owner’s exclusive rights under the Copyright Act.

In one case Antonelli Law defended (a different movie than the one here), on behalf of our client we contended that Plaintiff did not allege sufficient evidence to show that any of its copyrighted materials were violated. The movie company submitted a declaration of its agent (not the same as the company in this article) stating that “multiple bits were conveyed over [the] connection.” However, we argued, multiple “bits” of data do not translate to a viewable image close enough to approximate being substantially similar to the movie company’s copyrighted work.

As Law Professor Matthew Sag states in his recent article “Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling”:

“the isolated “bits” of the movie that [Plaintiff] supposedly received from the defendant’s IP address do not meet the standard for copyright infringement. In the cases that we have studied, the plaintiffs have offered declarations that defendant’s IP address was observed transmitting data with a certain hash value. That hash value, it is alleged, is the same as the hash value of a piece that the witness combined with other pieces to create a file identical to the copyright owner’s work… note that these declarations say nothing about the size or contents of the portions of the work actually downloaded from the defendant’s IP address. In essence, the plaintiff can only state truthfully that its software observed the defendant’s IP address transmitting a fraction of the work….”There is nothing in either declaration that would allow the court to conclude that the “bits” and “pieces” captured by [plaintiff’s experts’] technology as allegedly distributed from Doe’s IP address meet the standard of originality justifying a finding that they are protectable elements of the works.

So How Much Data Did ME2 Productions Allegedly Observe From Defendants?

In at least one ME2 Productions lawsuit, the movie company filed a declaration of Daniel Arheidt, working as a consultant for Maverickeye UG of Germany. That declaration appears to merely say that the Maverick Monitor software works by directly connecting with the computer at each IP address and downloading “a portion” of the infringing file.

Are these allegations in the ME2 Productions lawsuit enough to withstand a motion to dismiss the Complaint under federal rule 12(b)(6)? A defendant will need to ask the judge to make that determination. It may cost more to do this than to settle, but this could be the right strategy for some who are targeted in ME2 Productions lawsuits.

Have You Received a Letter or Summons?

Have you received a letter, summons, or subpoena from attorney Michael Hierl of the law firm Hughes, Socol Piers Resnick & Dym about the ME2 Productions, Inc. lawsuit? If so, you may have questions regarding your legal options about defending yourself.

After being targeted in a copyright infringement lawsuit by ME2 Productions, Inc, it usually starts with a letter from your internet company and may be followed by another letter from the movie company’s lawyer, Michael Hierl of the law firm Hughes, Socol Piers Resnick & Dym. You could also receive something called a Waiver of Service of Summons. This all relates to allegations that someone used your internet account to illegally download the movie “Mechanic Resurrection”.

What Are These Lawsuits About?

  • Critics of these lawsuits say its about the movie company generating more revenue.
  • The movie company says it is filing these lawsuits to stop piracy of its intellectual property.

What Are Movie Downloading Cases in General About? What Are “Copyright Troll” Lawsuits?

If you want to read more, consider reading the article I wrote about “copyright troll” litigation which was published by the Illinois State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section:

Torrent Wars

Copyright Trolls, Legitimate IP rights, and the Need for New Rules Vetting Evidence and to Amend the Copyright Act

by Jeffrey J. Antonelli

How Can Antonelli Law Help Me?

We’re the nation’s most experienced BT copyright defense firm.  Antonelli Law will help you decide what to do about ME2 Productions letters, subpoenas, and summons. We have helped many people across the country (nearly 2,000) accused of downloading movies over the internet in these type of lawsuits. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli is admitted to the federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois.

We will give you an Individualized, No Pressure, Professional Consultation – For Free.

  • 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.
  • Have us negotiate a settlement for you, including a proper settlement agreement that is in your interest, and a dismissal order entered by the federal court to protect you and which you keep for your records.

Remember, don’t panic. Learn the facts and your legal options by speaking for free to an Antonelli Law attorney confidentially at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form below.

Our clients say Antonelli Law is very good at:

  • Reducing your anxiety about the problem
  • Giving clear information to help you decide what to do
  • Responsive and accessible via phone and email
  • Tenacious and effective lawyers in lawsuit litigation

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, or prepare to fight back.

The lawsuits are premised on the US Copyright Act alleging copyright infringement through peer-to-peer file sharing. There will probably be even more lawsuits filed in Illinois by ME2 Productions Inc.

What Steps Are in a ME2 Productions Inc. Lawsuit?

Each lawsuit is filed in federal court and requests permission to find out the real names of internet users associated with IP addresses suspected of being part of the movie downloading. This is done by sending a subpoena to the internet company (ISP). Most people find out they are involved in the lawsuit when they receive a letter from their internet company (ISP) such as Comcast, COX, Comcast, or Verizon informing them of the copyright infringement allegations. A copy of a ME2 Productions Inc. Subpoena will probably be enclosed.

If you are the account holder for an internet service provider (ISP), your name is linked to an IP address. If you receive a Comcast Cable or other ISP letter informing you a subpoena was received to reveal your identity for a copyright infringement lawsuit, call Antonelli Law nationwide about your options including a motion to quash the subpoena at 312-201-8310.

ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas and summons can be scary or inconvenient, but we can help you manage the risk and the hassle.

Please tell your friends NOT to download this movie or they may be sued. Their first notice will be receiving one of the several ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas.

ME2 Productions Inc. is represented in the Illinois lawsuit by attorney Michael Hierl and the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd.

The Lawsuits in the Northern District of Illinois Are:

        • Does 1-16 1:17-cv-04834
        • Does 1-16 1:17-cv-04835
        • Does 1-16 1:17-cv-04836
        • Does 1-17 1:17-cv-04837
        • Does 1-19 1:17-cv-04838
        • Does 1-27 1:2017-cv-03910
        • Does 1-20 1:2017-cv-03911
        • Does 1-29 1:2017-cv-03912
        • Does 1-25 1:2017-cv-03913
        • Does 1-25 1:2017-cv-03914
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-20 1:17-cv-03846
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-18 1:17-cv-03847
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-23 1:17-cv-03850
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-27 1:17-cv-03851
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-28 1:17-cv-03852
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-24 1:17-cv-03183
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-27 1:17-cv-03184
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-37 1:17-cv-03186
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-36 1:17-cv-03188
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-29 1:17-cv-03189
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-19 1:17-cv-02992
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-21 1:17-cv-02993
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-20 1:17-cv-02994
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-36 1:17-cv-02995
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-21 1:17-cv-02996
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-02462
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-29 1:17-cv-02464
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-31 1:17-cv-02465
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-31 1:17-cv-02466
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-36 1:17-cv-02467
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-23 1:17-cv-02418
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-19 1:17-cv-02419
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-21 1:17-cv-02420
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-22 1:17-cv-02421
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-24 1:17-cv-02423
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-32 1:17-cv-01469
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-34 1:17-cv-01471
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-33 1:17-cv-01473
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-01476
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-24 1:17-cv-01478
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-23 1:17-cv-01532
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-28 1:17-cv-01535
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-31 1:17-cv-01536
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-34 1:17-cv-01539
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-28 1:17-cv-01541
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00706
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00708
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-26 1:17-cv-00710
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-25 1:17-cv-00712
        • ME2 Productions v Does 1-42 1:17-cv-00714

If your internet address (“IP address”) is involved, your first notice of the lawsuit will probably be a letter from Comcast Cable internet and a copy of a subpoena from ME2 Productions Inc. Scroll down for additional information about these lawsuits or click here for our FAQ on movie download lawsuits.

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Received a Subpoena from Comcast? The best thing to do is to talk with an experienced lawyer. 

Antonelli Law’s BT copyright defense attorneys in Chicago are Jeffrey Antonelli and Melissa Brabender.  Call us at 312-201-8310 for a free lawyer consultation or to obtain our help.

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Call us and let our deep experience help you make the right legal decision for your circumstances at 312-201-8310 for a free lawyer consultation. We will help you decide what to do about the ME2 Productions Inc. subpoenas or summons.

We have helped many Chicago area residents sued or targeted in these type of lawsuits. We can also defend you and help protect your anonymity in a ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuit if circumstances allow.

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, or prepare to fight back.

Attorneys: Don’t risk malpractice in a copyright lawsuit if you don’t do this type of work regularly – the  loser pays statutory and attorneys fees. We accept attorney referrals and are very experienced in this specialized litigation.

What You Will Learn in Our Free Consultation

            • 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.

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.”

Remember, don’t panic. Learn the facts and your legal options by speaking for free to an Antonelli Law attorney confidentially at 312-201-8310 or use the contact form above.

More Information About Antonelli Law’s Nationwide Defense Practice

Antonelli Law defense attorneys and local counsel are admitted to the district courts wherever ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuits are filed from coast to coast. We are able to represent you in your federal case without being more expensive or more difficult to hire than hiring a local law firm in part because federal courts require attorneys to file their papers electronically, and often conduct hearings by telephone. This makes frequent trips to the courthouse unnecessary.

We can also defend you and help protect your anonymity in a ME2 Productions Inc. lawsuit if circumstances allow.

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

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