With ACS:Law And MediaCAT Shutting Down, What Does It Mean For US Copyright Group?

from the brothers-in-arms dept

ACS:Law wasn't the first law firm to try the "send tons of 'pre-settlement' letters to people we accuse of file sharing in hopes they just pay up," business model. In fact, ACS:Law got all of its initial paperwork from another law firm, Davenport Lyons, who was trying to get out of that business. However, ACS:Law was the firm that really got much of the attention over the past few years. Just about a year ago, that business model finally jumped to the US, initially from an outfit called US Copyright Group, which was really an operation run by a tiny DC law firm called Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver along with an online monitoring company. However, with the latest news that ACS:Law and its online monitoring company MediaCAT have completely gone out of business -- perhaps in a weak attempt to avoid sanctions for their disastrous attempt to finally bring some cases to court, it makes me wonder if this is a precursor of things to come for US Copyright Group/DGW. It certainly looks like DGW has been a bit more careful with its strategy than ACS:Law (where it really seemed like Andrew Crossley got in way over his head), but it certainly should be a warning sign to all those law firms who think this sort of shakedown play is easy money.


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    TheOtherAnonymous, Feb 7th, 2011 @ 3:09pm

    Remember DirecTV ...

    Remember, DirecTV tried this scheme years ago in the U.S., suing first the companies that sold SmartCard equipment and then using the customer lists to send "pre-settlement" letters to everyone who had bought a SmartCard writer. As I remember, the courts eventually told DirecTV to cut it out.

     

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    average_joe (profile), Feb 7th, 2011 @ 3:14pm

    USCG just filed a suit last Friday against 6,500 Does. I think that's a new record. http://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuit.asp?id=70738

     

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    mike allen (profile), Feb 8th, 2011 @ 12:50am

    It failed in the UK because people here have a hatred for authority figures and for extortionists especially in the currant climate. people are not scared to tell em to get lost unlike the USA where you cant even cross a road in the wrong place.

     

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    rebrad (profile), Feb 8th, 2011 @ 6:33am

    Old Business Model

    Now that the MPAA and RIAA have partnered with Homeland Security the old business model of using lawyers to sue is no longer needed. DHS apparently doesn't need court approval or any justification to shut down any site that the a major financial contributor desires. Not sure how this will affect the lawyers but for the MPAA and RIAA all legal cost are now paid by the taxpayers.

     

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      average_joe (profile), Feb 8th, 2011 @ 6:48am

      Re: Old Business Model

      Now that the MPAA and RIAA have partnered with Homeland Security the old business model of using lawyers to sue is no longer needed. DHS apparently doesn't need court approval or any justification to shut down any site that the a major financial contributor desires. Not sure how this will affect the lawyers but for the MPAA and RIAA all legal cost are now paid by the taxpayers.

      What site has DHS shut down without any justification?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2011 @ 9:14am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, ACS: Law went out of business, LOL! That just made my whole week.

     

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    David, Feb 8th, 2011 @ 1:34pm

    Extortion by another name.

    That news perked up my day no end but what will the judge make of it? Can Crossley still be held personally responsible? I damn well hope so. That man has got a lot to answer for and I only hope that he gets what he deserves. I wonder he can sleep at night.

     

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    Just a Shame, Feb 17th, 2011 @ 9:18am

    Shame Shame

    Davenport Lyons and ACL Law couldnt handle the Hate Mail and threats from the hundreds. Secretary and staff had enough. Its any wonder reading about the bomb threat that Dunlap, Grubbs and Weaver had last summer that this wasnt a wake up call. Shame on these bullies. They ventured this idea probably with a horrific bad economy that caused these poor lawyers to make below their ridiculous normal salaries.

     

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      Shame Shame, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:13pm

      Shame Shame

      I hope all works out for Dunlap, Grubbs and Weaver> I hope they dont get alot of grief from people. I hate that they are in the bullies cateogry and I hate if the economy drove them to this i feel bad for them and everyone else who is hurting financially right now. (Me) When lawyers go after a huge number of people like this.they need to expect people you are always gonna have people not liking the group and needing to vent and comlain and needing support from their fellow bloggers.

       

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