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 @ 5:07am

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    "Are they 100%? NOPE. Nothing is 100%. I am sure some errors are made. That is why they have this thing called court."

    and that is why the extortionists have never taken a case to court.

    Their business model is to scare people into paying up (and many innocent but gullible people will) and to quietly drop anyone who fights back.

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