Woman Fined Nearly $30,000 For Sharing Pinball Game Software With Friends
from the punishment-fits-the-crime?!? dept
Last month we wrote about how the UK law firm Davenport Lyons had sued over 100 people for supposedly file sharing a silly pinball video game. As we noted, Davenport Lyons has been accused of some questionable practices, such as sending out threatening pre-settlement letters based on extremely faulty evidence from Logistep. Various other countries in Europe have sanctioned lawyers for relying on the same evidence that Davenport Lyons uses, and both Italy and Switzerland have said that Logistep’s method of identifying file sharers is illegal — but that hasn’t stopped the firm from continuing its efforts.
And now it’s announcing a victory. A woman that it sued has been fined about $30,000 for file sharing that same pinball game. Apparently, UK courts have no sense of making sure the punishment fits the crime. Everyone involved notes that the woman wasn’t sharing the game for commercial purposes, but wanted a few friends to be able to play it as well. For that she now needs to pay $30,000?
Oddly, Davenport Lyons used this news to announce that it was suing 100 people for sharing this game… even though it had already announced that last month. Unfortunately, the reporter for the Daily Mail in the UK only takes Davenport Lyons’ side of things. The report quotes a lawyer talking about all the evils and losses from file sharing, without any quotes from those who know those numbers are bogus — and never once questioning why it’s reasonable for someone sharing a simple cheap game with a few friends to be fined $30,000. The reporter mentions Logistep, but not the troubles it’s faced in other countries (or the trouble lawyers who rely on its evidence have faced). It’s time reporters stopped simply parroting this story, which is based on faulty premises, faulty numbers and faulty evidence.