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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    Michael R, 10 Sep 2008 @ 8:37am

    slightly offtopic - Designers' Portfolio Rights and copyright infringement

    I am a designer for a design firm that maintains a portfolio of work. This portfolio of work includes examples of work for past clients. All clients we sign a contract with are notified of this and none have ever had a problem with their project ending up in our portfolio. We even offer as a service to NOT include work in the portfolio at steeply increased cost as agreeing to that hurts our company's ability to get further work based on our entire portfolio. No one has ever paid for or requested that service.

    I recently received a DMCA take down notice from the lawyer of a client (Client A) of one of our clients (Client B). Client A feels that the 4 conceptual 3D interior renderings we made for Client B and posted in our online portfolio violates their copyright and privacy. Client B delivered our work to Client A. Client B knew of our inclusion of all work performed in our portfolio. Client B states they never had an exclusion agreement with Client A.

    As a company we maintain that we have explicit right to show our work for the purposes of acquiring more work from other clients. My question to the Community is, am I violating this person's copyright if I accurately maintain my portfolio of past work?

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