ACS:Law Asks Those Who Deny Infringing To Incriminate Themselves
from the well,-that's-one-strategy dept
ACS:Law, the UK-based copyright threat letter operation that has been called a “scam” by UK politicians and condemned by ISPs alike, is apparently using a new tactic. The operation, which is apparently being investigated for potential disciplinary action (like Davenport Lyons, whose lawyers have been disciplined for initiating the “pre-settlement” mass letter campaign, and which has some sort of connection with ACS:Law), seems to know that the “evidence” it has isn’t enough to actually take anyone to court, so if you reply and deny the infringement, ACS:Law sends you a questionnaire effectively asking you to incriminate yourself.
Of course, there’s no legal obligation to reply, just as there’s no legal obligation to pay, based on such a “pay up or we’ll sue” letter. TorrentFreak notes that, despite all of this, people are still paying, even though not a single case has gone to court. No wonder we have multiple copycat operations showing up in the US. Extortion-like processes are apparently quite profitable. I’m sure that’s exactly what the folks who created copyright law in the first place were thinking of in their creation: a system to send out thousands of threat letters demanding payment to avoid a lawsuit. It’s all about promoting the “progress” of a few copyright lawyers, you see…