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      May 22, 2011




       In a flurry of lawsuits directed at consumers using bit-torrents MCGIP has filed suit against 1000,s of IP addresses. MCGIP does not necessarily know what actions the owners of the ip addresses have committed. Nor who the ip address belongs too. Instead MCGIP has engaged in a fishing expedition to squeeze settlements out of the wary.  Targeting torrent users with frivolous lawsuits MCGIP is attempting to end torrent use.  Attempts to shut down and other similar torrent based sites have prove to be futile. Taking another tact the industry is trying to make examples of anyone with an ip address.  The user generally finds out with a letter similar to this from their internet service provider:


“MCGIP, LLC has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. You have been identified via your assigned Internet Protocol address in this lawsuit for allegedly infringing MCGIP, LLC’s copyrights on the Internet by uploading and/or downloading a movie using a computer assigned the intern protocol address on . The Court has ordered Comcast to supply your name, address and other information to MCGIP, LLC in the lawsuit referenced above and in the accompanying subpoena which is attached. Your case has been assigned Docket Number 1:10-cv06677 by the Court. If you have any questions about the lawsuit, you should consult an attorney immediately. Comcast cannot and will not provide legal advice.

Comcast will provide your name, address and other information as directed n the order unless you or your attorney file a motion quash or vacate the subpoena no later than May 30, 2011. If you do not file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena by this date, or if you fail to notify Comcast of your filing by this date Comcast will provide your name address and other information as directed in the order to the Plaintiff.
If you have any questions you may contact us at (866)947-8572.

Sincerely yours,

Comcast Legal Response Center”


    The goal of MCGIP is to survive in the lawsuit until the ISP’s give over names. Consumers who receive letters similar to the one above are urged to call or email an attorney immediately. Time is almost out in case 10-cv06677. Other cases filed vary with how long the user has. This case involves Chicas Place an internet adult site. While the letter above is from Comcast, customers of ATT, Roadrunner, RCN, Cricket, Clear and many others are receiving similar letters.

This newly developing area of law will prove to be interesting and defining of internet sharing in the future.


Chicago Attorney Jason R. Epstein



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