UK Lawyer Agrees To Represent Falsely Accused File Sharers For Free

from the good-for-him dept

With UK law firm Davenport Lyons ramping up its efforts to send out thousands of "pre-settlement" letters accusing folks of file sharing using flimsy evidence, it appears one lawyer wants to help those falsely accused for free. The Davenport Lyons system works in a pretty straightforward method: it makes use of evidence from Logistep, a company whose evidence is so flimsy it's been banned in other countries in Europe as illegal, and lawyers who have used its evidence have been banned from filing new cases. However, since the "pre-settlement" letters let you avoid a lawsuit for a small fee (less than it would cost to defend yourself in a lawsuit), many just pay up.

However, TorrentFreak has found a lawyer in the UK who also believes that this is unfair, and who is offering his firm's services for free to help those who have been falsely accused by Davenport Lyons. The offer is pretty specifically aimed at those who are falsely accused. He (reasonably so) doesn't seem interested in helping those who actually did infringe on copyrights, and he can only devote so much time and effort to such cases, so he may not be able to take all cases that come his way. However, for those who are falsely accused, who were afraid that it would cost more to fight than to settle, at least there's one potential option to fight back.

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