Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG-TEK)

While CEG-TEK‘s lawyers do some “classing” copyright trolling, i.e. sue masses in frivolous bittorent lawsuits, this shakedown outfit specializes on sending small amount claims (as small as $200) to its victims and direct them to a payment site. This activity includes pursuing amateur sites that post copyrighted images and other shakedown activities in addition to targeting bittorent users. While this page is an appropriate place to discuss the lawsuits initiated by this troll group, attorney Rob Cashman has by far more expertise when it comes to the small amount claims please read multiple article about CEG-TEK by Rob and inquire advice there.

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CEG-TEK has its own “expert” (not certified, of course) Jon Nicolini.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Have any of you who have the “six strike system” internet provider,
    gotten an email forwarded to settle a statement?

    If it is true that companies like Comcast just give you a warning with no forward,
    i can only assume that the subscriber has not even gotten to see a statement, which really does prove nothing happens

    • Anonymous says:

      So is it that Malibu Media only represents x-art and ceg-tek basically “monitors” downloads of every other studio, sends a threat letter hoping to get paid and if not they just go about their business sending more letters in hopes of scaring people into contacting them and giving them money? When in reality nothing ever happens and they just feed off of people’s fear of a lawsuit…?

  2. Whitaker says:

    If the CEG-TEK’s online settlement statements shows the same title repeated a few times, is this a duplicate or they are demanding a settlement for both upload and download?

    • Me says:

      More than likely – since I haven’t seen your notice and I’m just guessing, based on what I’ve gotten from them personally – the settlement statements for the same titles mean that they’ve monitored the file being shared on more than one occasion. I’ve received two notices on one title shared twice over a 3 day span.

  3. Chuck says:

    All deadlines have now passed. Still early to say much but I have heard nothing from Charter or our favorite scum bag Siegel. Still have the feeling this is a scam of some sort as previously discussed here. How I would love to meet that ass hole face to face. Just keeping my promise to post on this whole process for anyone else in the same boat I am. If it does go to court I will be in California in about three months so I may take a trip down to the scum bags place of business. One of the things I did in the military was find people so who knows…..

    • Anonymous says:

      I just paid them $350 because I did not want a law suit. Was that the wrong thing to do? I’m lost please help!

    • T says:

      I just paid them $350 because I did not want a law suit. Was that the wrong thing to do? I’m lost please help!

      • Me says:

        If you can’t read over previous comments in this thread and do your own research to come to the conclusions regarding CEG that many others already have, nothing anybody says here is going to help you.

  4. Dee says:

    @Chuck, hope you never get to see that asshole no’r deal with him, that’s the best wish I can wish for you my friend. I understand what you mean by meeting him, but hopefully out of court, lol. Good luck to you my friend, since I am in the same boat as you and nothing never happened, passed a month since deadline, nothing yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello, I live in Mass. My deadline is March 1st. Since they have had bad luck in my state, I hope it amounts to just a threat.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What are the chances that lawsuit will actually be filed? I’ve heard a lot about how inactive CEG TEK has been but I’m still unsure about the possibilities of action from them.

    • SJD says:

      Do you wake up every morning with a question “what chances are that I will be killed by a car today”? Well, not only the likelihood to be killed in a car crash is non-zero, it is significantly greater than a chance of scumbag Ira Siegel filing a lawsuit.

      Especially in your state.

  6. JSelene says:

    I just got an e-mail from Century Link this morning with an unbelievable amount of BS from these people. Something like 8 porn videos. And if I “settle” with them for 2k they’ll leave me alone. Then I go to my router and find that I can’t even block the web site thay claim I used to download all of this trash!

  7. Tug says:

    I got a notice from Ira via my ISP. Notice for a porn movie downloaded by my son. He has downloaded a few things from Torrent. Not doing it anymore and all files have been deleted. Deadline for the porn movie download payment is 3/27, $250 due. I live in PA. Should I just sit and wait?

    • Chuck says:

      Hard to say my friend. I myself will fight to my last penny and then counter sue if it comes to it. Good luck!!!

  8. Jason says:

    I stupidly called them. They said they will call back. What should I do? Do I need to respond their phone call? or just ignore that?

    • SJD says:

      I’d ignore. Though expect they will be persistent. These scumbags are desperate and intense harassment is their bread and butter.

  9. Chuck says:

    Still waiting here in my home state. As stated I continue to post in the hopes of keeping the information flow going. It has been several months since the scum bag Siegel had Charter Cable forward me notices attempting to extort money. So far no subpoena for my information. So far so good I suppose. The fact that I know for a fact I have done nothing wrong still causes me a great deal of worry and aggravation. One good thing is the asshole has made no attempts to wreck his havoc were I live. No cases pending and no requests for IP information although some cases are starting to pop up. As stated I will continue to post and carry on the good fight.

    • Anonymous says:

      Still now word here. Still fighting the good fight!!!

    • Nodisclose says:

      Hey Chuck ! ! Did they ask you about the settlement money ? How much was the money they asked ? When was the last day for your settlement ? Have you received any email or letter from them thereafter ?

  10. Nikolai says:

    How likely is it for CEG-TEK to sue someone in the same state, I’m northern CA and they are Southern CA

    so far all they have is my IP from the notice and the same IP confirming when I opened their links

    also what could I do to secure my network from people scanning my area for the IP (without using VPN or any of those services)

    • SJD says:

      How likely is it for CEG-TEK to sue someone in the same state, I’m northern CA and they are Southern CA.

      The likelihood is between zero and slim. Ira is in a pure bluff business: harassment only, no lawsuits.

      • Nikolai says:

        Will they follow up with a 2nd email? I’ve been told a 2nd email does not follow up all seeding activity has stopped from that IP…

        so far I deleted the video I’ve been caught for, and uninstalled utorrent. anything else I should delete? anything on my network I should configure?

  11. Looks like they possibly set up a honey pot, so they can entrap people for downloads…..

  12. Student says:

    Ira has sent me a copyright infringement notice via my university for downloading copyrighted content via bittorrent..I have no idea about it..my deadline to settle is May 11 2014..Should I Ignore the threat email?

      • Student says:

        Did you have a similar situation and ignored it? What were the consequences after the deadline of the settlement?

        • Me says:

          I did have a similar situation. A year and a half ago, I received two notices regarding two titles. Not knowing what I do now, I freaked out and even went so far as going to their site and entering the case #’s that were given to me. That’s when I started to research and I found this site, along with a few others, that detailed what these notices were. Over the course of three months, I received a total of 14 notices regarding three titles that were allegedly shared on seperate times over the course of a few weeks. My deadlines went up in February of last year and I have heard nothing and after researching CGI’s practices and the way this scam works, I don’t expect to.

    • UNISTUDENT says:

      Have you heard from them since May 11th?

  13. Student says:

    Thanks for the reply! I hope it was by CEG-TEK and you resided in the US when the infringement happened! And the notice was sent by Ira Seigel in your case!

    • Nikolai says:

      I was told I can change and secure my network so CEG-TEK cannot scan me again

      So far I changed my SSID, the password to WPA2K, and enabled mac address filtering
      anything else I can do to secure my network without using a VPN (college internet)

      since I’ve done this and stopped all activity, how likely is it now that they will send a followup letter

      • Anonymous says:

        None of that has anything to do with how they detect infringement, except for the “stopped all activity”. They aren’t war-driving through your neighborhood trying to connect to your home network via WiFi, they’re just monitoring swarms over plain old TCP/UDP.

        However, changing your home network security like that IS helpful when its someone else on your network who was doing the torrenting.

        • Nikolai says:

          I realized I accidentally replied to a topic rather than starting a new one, sorry

          well all activity was stopped and no contact was made with them besides my roommate emailing them a week ago saying something along the lines of “I don’t know anything about this and I didn’t do it.”

          So far no reply to his email or anything.. deadline may30th.

  14. rob says:

    Please help. I got notice from CEG that includes 114 pages…about 3 movies downloaded multiple times that are listed on their “pay it” site for $2500 and then other music downloads. The CEG rep talked to me on the phone and said we can go from 10 to 6 total claims and if you agree to that it would go from $2500 to $1000. I said would this relieve ALL the 114 page report…and on the phone he said yes. I said could you send me that in writing. I then got an email which explained you only get 10 to 6. I wrote back and explained #1 – you first told me the $1000 would relieve ALL the 114 page report, now you say no. #2 – you said that the $1000 would somehow make all the 10 “movie cases” go away…and now your email seems to say it only reduces them from 10 to 6.

    What should I do? I was about to go to the site to pay the $1000 but it does not say that I won’t be then stuck for the remaining 4. And then there are looming the other music downloads to boot…CEG says they are not responsible for them. Will those rear their ugly head soon after this CEG thing?
    thanks

    • om says:

      Did you receive any DMCA notice from your ISP before receiving notice from CEG? How did CEG get your details without providing a subpoena to your ISP?

    • that anonymous coward says:

      Sorry for the delay in response, I will point you to the top of this page.
      “While this page is an appropriate place to discuss the lawsuits initiated by this troll group, attorney Rob Cashman has by far more expertise when it comes to the small amount claims please read multiple article about CEG-TEK by Rob and inquire advice there. ”

      This is not legal advice, etc etc etc, I am not a lawyer I do not play one online.
      Mr. Cashman is well versed in CEG.
      Having already been in contact with them it might be more difficult in dealing with them.
      As, IIRC (opinion etc etc) they like to make offers of one price and pop more on later it would be very good to get someone who can advocate for you and settle the matter without any surprises.

      Take a deep breath, let it out.
      The world is not coming to an end.
      You are reacting in panic, and this is what they want.
      Unless the documents in your hands are from an actual court case naming you, you have a moment to take a breath.
      The only person who can/should give you legal advice is someone you are paying to help you.
      You need to make the decision that works for you.

      If you have been infringing copyrights, it is wrong you should stop.
      If you did not infringe the copyrights, there is nothing in the law requiring you to pay for the actions of a 3rd party.
      Either way please stop, take a breath, read the info linked at the top and do consider seeking real legal help to sort this out for you.

  15. Lefty says:

    I received a threat for the 4th time now from good old Ira and found out an interesting fact. He is the one posting the filmed content on p2p networks under the name MAXSPEED. working for Millennium Films gives him access with a camera to record then later publish to the sites. I got sick of downloading movie trailers that were in fact real, full movies and contacted DOJ on how, where, when and who was providing illegal content. Mr Seigel may be doing jail time if not out of a job before then. Will keep you posted of his demise

  16. asdf says:

    I just received 4 notices via my ISP from CEG and Ira. Things appeared to have slowed down substantially since April, but now perhaps they are picking up again? After reading the notice on the Cashman Law website that ISPs seem to be not protecting identity anymore, I am concerned that the whole process of subpeona to get identities can be bypassed and my next notice might be a direct suit against me? My letter isn’t a lawsuit yet, but perhaps they are changing the way they go about doing things? Anyway, I wanted to post and see if there seems to be a fresh round of notices going out as there hasn’t been much activity here lately.

    • boogher says:

      I’m in MN and my household just received a notice from charter with regard to 4 pornography films. My deadline is early december. I’m in the phase of researching and deciding what to do. My mother is the account holder so its a lame situations since I’m making decisions that will affect her more than myself. Part of me wants to forget it and see how things go, but at the same time I don’t want to end up causing my mother’s house to be searched and a bunch of stuff to be seized because a full lawsuit.

      • SJD says:

        If it is Ira Siegel / CEG, at this moment I would recommend to relax and ignore: some trolls bark, some bite. CEG barks only: they are in a business of throwing tons of shit against the wall — some sticks. CEG stopped filing actual lawsuits long time ago.

        It doesn’t mean this can’t change in the future. If you find out that a lawsuit is filed against your IP address or you personally, this is a different game (but not the end of the world either: no one is going to seize your stuff).

        Again, at this point CEG is rather a toothless bully preying on those who freak out easily and do stupid things.

        Under no circumstances talk to the trolls directly, without an attorney.

        • boogher says:

          Thanks for the reply. I figured everything is all good when I didnt see MN having a local rep for Ira. However, It is reassuring to hear that they haven’t filed a suit in awhile. And considering the total fee for the 4 hits is 1K…Thanks again, and to all who are behind this sites existence, it was surely the last place I looked for info before sticking with the decision to ignore, ensure BT traffic stops, and re-secure/update router.

        • boogher says:

          I called charter today to ask them about this issue (my mothers request) This is what I found out:

          -Charter has no record of sending ANY e-mails concerning abuse.
          -They don’t even have an e-mail address for my mother on file.

          How are these CEG e-mails arriving in my moms inbox when she uses a yahoo e-mail acct that charter has no awareness of.

          Not looking for replies, just making this comment for possible future use ;-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I received the email from CEG and I stupidly called them and leave my name and phone number. They threatened that I could never drop this and should never try to disappear. I was scared to death. However, after I checked almost all the comments here, I didn’t make the payment. It has been a month after the deadline for payment and I’ll all OK now. Now one call me, E-mail, anything. I consulted with my friends major in business law and they all think this is a scam and ask me just to ignore it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Same thing has happened with me. My mom, account holder, received 2 e-mails from our satellite ISP, wildblue/exede, on behalf of CEG TEK about 2 porn flicks that I actually did NOT download, I’ve heard of tube sites lol, but what really has me worried is that the people here who “promise to keep the thread updated” haven’t responded in quite some time and makes me think, gees they could be sitting in a prison cell at this point, ya know? Maybe I’m just acting overly optimistic for the worse, which I know is stupid, but I also know how big a deal piracy is. I’m also im TN though so nowhere close to CA. Any beneficial input would be greatly appreciated and thanks to all the readers and writers before and after this post.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since I received my first notice from CEG TEK almost 3 years ago – I think I’ve gotten more than 25 in all between then and the time I got a torrent proxy a year and a half ago – I have heard nothing at all. Nada, zip, zero, zilch. And that was even after in a panic, like a few others did, entered two case numbers on their site regarding the first two notices that I got. These guys are running a scam, plain and simple. They want you to worry. They want you to freak out, because that’s how they make their money. Believe me, I did the same exact thing when I first got their notices. But nothing comes out of it, unless you make the next move in contacting them and essentially give them free money in response to their empty threats.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re not going to get a prison sentence for civil copyright infringement. Courts generally award $750 per infringed work, plus attorney’s fees, unless the defendant was doing something really dastardly. Besides, if they had been sending people to prison, there’d be records of it on PACER.

  19. chick says:

    I just got 2 notices today via comcast in CA. Did not get emails but letters/notice in the mail for 2 titles but each title has 3 copies each with a different case id.
    This is not an mail from Ceg-tek but refers to them and comcast indicating that my IP address has been reported and Comcast may decide to cancel my internet access if this continues.
    I have not gone to their website or called them (having read the blogs). I have deleted the 2 titles and removed bit-torrent from my laptop as well.
    At this time based on what what i am reading, planning to wait however reading some other blogs looks like they are asking around $250-$300 per notice even if they are for the same title.

    However, as like everyone else I am quite nervous about the whole thing and for fear of providing my identity to cek-tek not planning to visit their site, hence don’r know what the next step can be? or what should i do incase i do get a subsequent email or mail from ceg-tek.

    Any guidance or suggestions would be highly helpful.

  20. Tria says:

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I just got a notice from my ISP claiming that 3 porn titles (TS Playground) were downloaded via BitTorrent on Dec 3 a little after 4pm. My wifi is password protected and no one was home at the time they are claiming this was downloaded. I was 30 miles away in a medical office with my son. Hubby was 20+ miles away at work. I sent an email back to my ISP regarding this info and also the information I had discovered regarding CEG TEK (I didn’t get passed the T before Google auto suggested the EK with scam, extortion and letter). If anything crazy happens I will post about it, but at this point I honestly don’t expect to hear anything further as I can prove no one was home to download anything.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I AM SCARED TO DEATH! My ISP sent me 6 strike trough email, & if they get me again they are forced to turn off my internet! What will happen if they file a court case!? They only sent me a warning, I also know how they got my IP address! They got it from utorrent(peers) I should have used a VPN! What time can I wait till this goes away!? Is it possible to change IP address? I live in Wisconsin & my IP address is located at Kansas. Is this a big problem?

  22. Sue says:

    It makes me feel a lot better to read everyone’s accounts about the small claims not being followed up. I received an email yesterday, two actually, about an infringement that supposedly happened last Monday….while I was 40 miles away at work. I filled out a form on their site with my name (first only), email and phone. I got a call today and got pretty loud with the man, who told me I needed to contact Charter’s Internet Abuse number to verify the claim. I wasn’t able to get a hold of that division but had called Charter last night and was told they wouldn’t send me an email like that. I told the man over the phone that there was no way I could have downloaded this file (I don’t use bittorrent, ever) and he flat out accused me of lying and we got into a “no it isn’t”, “yes it is” argument. I swore a bit and told him they had no evidence, that there was nothing illegal on my computer, and that I had no money to pay them with so it was pointless to try and accuse me. I refused to let him talk and continued on saying it wasn’t fair, with all the other stress in my life, that I should have to deal with false accusations like this; especially since I’ve been using computers and surfing the web since before I hit puberty and have NEVER had a problem like this. We eventually hang up on each other, with me in tears (yes my life has been very, very stressful lately and this scam on top of everything else caused me to snap a little).

    I’ve been worried since yesterday that they may follow up and try to sue me. I don’t want the stress of appearing in court and having someone possibly rip through all the files on my computer to find the file I supposedly downloaded. I’m in Washington state. Really hope Siegal holds true to his pattern and doesn’t file a lawsuit on me.

  23. scared to death says:

    I received the same email everyone is talking about yesterday from my Google fiber account. I called them this morning and they verified that they did in fact send me the email so it is legitimate. I, in a panic, called the number on the email and spoke to someone at CEG TEK. I basically told him I felt like I was being blackmailed into paying the $250.00. No one was on the computer at 2 am on the morning they say it occurred. My son did say that things popped up but he closed them and removed them from the computer right away. He said they hear that story all the time and they have proof that it happened. What should I do? Is this a scam? I live in Kansas City.

  24. Dee says:

    @Sue, @scared to death: Relax you guys, nobody will sue you or take you to court, did it or not, just leave it alone. You don’t have to prove nothing to us, no’r to them. I was scared shitless almost a year ago, been writing here non stop on panic mode, contacted attorneys getting advise from them, and still today and on nobody ever sent me to court. Ceg-Tek trying to get some fast money and rip you off, that’s the type of business they’re getting rich off. I feel everybody’s pain when you receive the letter/mail, and I know for a couple of weeks all you’ll be thinking is how am I going to go through this, but It’ll go away and you’ll see nothing will happen, so do what you were doing in your life and take care of yourself not killing yourself stressing (that what I was doing) and you’ll see everything will be okay. I said before in case there is something new, or they(ceg-tek) send me any new letter, ill write here and let everybody know whats going on, but so far in February will be a year since they sent me emails, never nothing happened.
    God bless you all.

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