Feeling confused or scared about receiving an ISP letter and subpoena?

Receiving a copyright infringement letter from your ISP like Comcast, TimeWarner, or COX Communications may be confusing or even scary. You may have arrived at our FAQ page because you or someone in your household received an ISP letter from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Comcast or COX Communications informing you they received a subpoena from a movie company. The subpoena probably relates to a federal copyright infringement lawsuit that alleges your internet service was used to illegally download a copyrighted movie or software product. The subpoena is demanding the name and address of the internet account holder. This page will help answer some general questions.

The ISP letter will typically say:

1) A subpoena was been received to reveal your identity in relation to a copyright infringement lawsuit.

2) The ISP will turn over your name and address to the movie company (“Plaintiff”) who filed the lawsuit if you do not file a motion to quash or vacate the subpoena, typically in two weeks to 30 days from when you received the letter.

3) Sometimes, the ISP will advise you to speak with a BitTorrent defense lawyer listed with the EFF Subpoena Defense such as  Antonelli Law.

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