Did you receive a Comcast copyright letter? Many individuals are receiving warning letters from Comcast about alleged copyright infringement. Luckily, most of these letters notifying you of alleged piracy follow a similar form.
Here is an example of one such letter you may have received from Comcast:
Most importantly, you should NOT ignore this letter. If you’ve received a letter like this you should contact an independent copyright attorney to understand your rights, obligations and options. You can also review the Frequently Asked Questions to read more about these types of matters.
These letters are usually from “Comcast NE&TO” with an address in New Jersey. Most are marked “Personal and Confidential.” Your name and address likely appears in all capital letters.
Next, there is important information about why Comcast is sending you the notice. In most cases, the form is as follows:
- Case Name
- Court (usually a United States District Court)
- Docket No (a.k.a. the case number)
- Order Entered (this is the order that requires Comcast to send you the letter)
- Comcast File Number (this is Comcast’s internal file number about your particular letter)
Thereafter, the correspondence explains more about why you are receiving the letter. Comcast sends these letters to its customers when it has been ordered by a court to produce your information to a third party This is usually the plaintiff in one of many copyright infringement cases filed by many different movie studios and companies. Remember that Comcast is not the party that is suing you. Comcast, like other internet service providers, has been issued a subpoena by a court to produce information about you and your internet usage to the party requesting the information. The reason Comcast is notifying you is because it is the only party that has the information requested by the plaintiff.
The letter explains the information that is being sought by the plaintiff in the case. In most cases, the plaintiff already has the Internet Protocol (IP) address that was assigned to your account during the alleged infringement. Now, the plaintiff wants Comcast to provide your identifying information, such as name, address, city, state and zip code.
The letter goes on to explain what you must do to prevent Comcast from disclosing information about you to the requesting party. While the letter explains that you must file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena, there may be other options that you should consider before the stated deadline. Again, you should contact an independent copyright attorney to understand your options.
Finally, the letter is signed “Comcast Legal Response Center.” There are also usually attachments, such as a copy of the court order, an accompanying subpoena and a court notice regarding the civil action.