More Law Firms Getting Into The Mass 'Pay Us Or We'll Sue You For Infringement' Business
from the piracy-into-profits? dept
We’ve seen enough reports of just how lucrative it has been for various law firms to get into the mass automated threat letter business by demanding payment from accused file sharers based on very slight evidence. The only thing that’s been surprising, really, is that we haven’t seen more law firms jump into the game. In the UK, there was Davenport Lyons, who more or less handed over that business to ACS:Law. Then there was — briefly — the UK law firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine, who were called out by a UK Lord as a “new entrant to the hall of infamy.” That resulted in TBI backing out of the business. In the US, of course, there was the recent high profile entrance of US Copyright Group (which is really the DC-based law firm Dunlap, Weaver and Grubb) as well as some indications that others are getting into the game as well.
TorrentFreak highlights another UK law firm, Gallant Macmillan, that has decided to join in on the “pay us or we’ll sue you” fun. It appears that Gallant Macmillan has gone out of its way to try to indicate it’s not “as bad” as those who came before it, but it’s still in the same basic business. Of course, the more law firms that start down this road, the more attention the practice will get among politicians — and the more likely that these sorts of quasi-extortion-like efforts gets shut down both in the UK and the US.