More Scammers Using Bogus Copyright Infringement Accusations To Get Their Way

from the it's-just-too-easy dept

Last Friday, we noted that scammers were picking up the success the entertainment industry was having with "pre-settlement" letters to accused file sharers, and using a similar tactic with phone calls, demanding money to avoid getting sued. We noted that it was only a matter of time until those scammers moved to email as well -- and, of course, it's already happened. TorrentFreak is reporting on how scammers are sending threatening letters pretending to be from MediaDefender, one of the firms who provides questionable evidence to the recording industry for its lawsuits. These emails include an attachment, which the email says is more data on what the recipient is accused of sharing on various sites -- but which is actually a virus. So it's not quite to the level of extorting money directly yet -- but that's likely only a matter of time, if it's not happening already.

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    ipgrunt, 10 Sep 2008 @ 10:23am

    Reply to 5-OT

    B may very well be infringing on A, and by posting your work for B you may be vulnerable to A's claim of "indirect infringement." Your agreement with B does not protect you from infringement claims by a third party, as far as I know.

    Why don't you pull down those drawings until you have a better understanding of your legal liabilities in this matter?

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