Many Innocent Users Sent Pre-Settlement Letters Demanding Payment For Infringement

from the borderline-extortion dept

We've already discussed how operations like DigiProtect and ACS:Law are operating a rather questionable business of purposely putting content online, tracking the IP addresses of anyone who downloads that content, and then sending letters demanding payment to avoid a lawsuit. While it's not clear if any of these lawsuits are ever filed, many people are frightened into just paying up, even if they've done nothing wrong. And, in fact, it appears that many innocent users are receiving these letters, in such a blanket campaign. While some may call it "collateral damage" if a small percentage of innocent people receive these letters, it's still quite problematic, and a highly questionable business practice.

Filed Under: copyright infringement, innocent, pre-settlement letters, uk
Companies: acs:law


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    Richard (profile), 28 Jan 2010 @ 4:01am

    Re: Did they pay?

    No they don't upload - what they actually do is to get permission to do a "test download" from the P2P network and then look where their download came from.

    The stuff about seeding networks is misinformation.

    If you ONLY download they will never find you (but of course most P2P clients re-upload anything they download by default).

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