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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  1. identicon
    :), 28 Jan 2010 @ 5:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "That is why we have courts"

    Agreed and when the industry screws up they should pay the cost for the trouble they caused or else is just one sided.

    They have to pay for their mistakes or else how would they learn.

    They are stealing money from innocent people, tarnishing their image and reputation with such accusations and expect not to pay for it?

    Ludicrous, they have to pay if they are proven wrong so as to serve as deterrence in the future for further mistakes.

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