Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
collections, pre-settlement

Companies:
digiprotect



DigiProtect Now Handing Pre-Settlement Threat Amounts Over To Collections Agencies

from the that's-not-good dept

We've covered how various companies in Europe have built up an extremely profitable business by purposely seeding content they have the rights to on file sharing networks, and then sending "pre-settlement" letters demanding money from the holder of any IP address that connects to them, even if the IP address is not accurately indicating who was involved. They're now sending out these letters at a massive rate, and while they're not actually filing lawsuits, it appears that at least one of the firms involved, DigiProtect, is getting a collections agency involved in some cases. That seems pretty nasty. There's no actual debt here, because the person has not agreed to pay up, but by handing it over to a collections agency, the person will now get hounded with demands for payment. It's difficult to see how this is even close to legal.

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    Jesse, 8 Dec 2009 @ 10:04am

    Alright, so I'm going to have a garage sale. I'll put out my valuables with a sign "Free Stuff," and covertly take pictures of anyone partaking. Then I will send them a huge bill, well over the value of the goods. I'll threaten them with a lawsuit if they don't pay, and then hand them over to a collections agency.

    Only in the IP world do people accept this as okay.

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