THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
May 22, 2011
DEEP SEA FISHING - JUSTICE AS BAIT
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 Piratebay.org 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.
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.
Jason R. Epstein
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