I got a mail from comcast stating that liberty media holdings llc filed a lawsuit requesting my information and that i must file in the same court which is pennsylvania and i live in maryland. I am not sure of what to do.
You should locate a lawyer in the county in PA where the case is pending who handles civil litigation with experience dealing with internet and copyright infringement issues. Try Googling the "Bar Association of --- County, PA" and see if they have a lawyer referral service, or tag this question with the PA geographical area in avvo. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of lawyers familiar with these suits, but there are some, and you want one of those. Liberty Media Holdings is an adult film company that has been known to sue people for downloading its pirated adult movies off the internet, through bit torrent streams and other file sharing sites. They discover the sites online, subpoena the servers and ISPs, obtain the user info from them, and identify the name and address where the download occurred. There are defenses available to defeat such suits, in particular, the fact that wireless modems in residences can be accessed by outsiders who essentially drive through neighborhoods and park in front of houses, access the wireless internet "field" emanating from the home's wifi, and download pirated materials. The film company cannot prove that didn't happen, but they count on the homeowner's fear of embarrassment and public exposure to just "pay up" thousands of dollars to settle the case. A number of federal trial courts have dismissed such suits en mass. A number have not. Typically, the settlement demand is in the $2,500-3,500 range, so weighing that expense against the cost of a lawyer will be a deciding factor. Typically, once you are identified, you will be sent a demand letter from the lawyer representing the company. If you settle, it should be confidential, but you will want a lawyer (there are a number in MD who can advise you) to negotiate that aspect for you.
With all due respect to counsel, I believe Liberty sued Comcast in PA because Comcast is located in PA. If you live in MD and own no business in PA then you are not subject legally to suit in PA.
I have handled several cases like this for people accused, as apparently you are, of illegally downloading movies. I do not charge for the first half hour. I expect the Comcast letter had a date in it by which you are supposed to reply, and it is important to get counsel before then.
And please do not try to handle this by yourself. The law in these cases is quite complex, touching copyright law, federal procedure and even the US Constitution. Get a lawyer; it will save you money ion the long run.
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