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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rebrad (profile) says:

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.

average_joe says:

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?

rebrad (profile) says:

Re: Re: Old Business Model

More sites than I’m going to spend time on. Sites have been shut down with no due process or notification. How many of the sites could be considered a national threat is dubious at best but then again DHS provided obtuse response when ask for justification. Here is a recent article from Techdirt. There are many more. I don’t know or care what the sites were about or what they do but the Constitution gives every American rights that DHS can’t deny.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101130/00494412051/homeland-securitys-domain-name-seizure-may-stretch-law-past-breaking-point.shtml

Just a Shame says:

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.

Shame Shame says:

Re: 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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