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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    Anonymous Software Developer, 10 Sep 2008 @ 9:59am

    Re: slightly offtopic - Designers' Portfolio Rights and copyright infringement

    I am not a Lawyer, but it sounds like YOU hold the copyright. even if you didn't you should only be concerned with Client B, the one who signed the contract.

    you made it, you own the copyright. unless you signed something saying you give the rights to client B. in which case Client B needs to talk to you, not Client A because there is no way Client A would have the rights unless you sold them to Client B who then turned around and sold them to Client A.

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