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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    John Fenderson (profile), 28 Jan 2010 @ 6:41am

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    ""Heck, I wouldn't be shocked if less than honest people in the world are infecting computers with hidden P2P programs that forward the results on to other locations"

    Your paranoia is pretty amazing."

    Actually, he's not being paranoid about this. It does happen, although more with the kiddie porn set than with the copyright infringement set.

    Nonetheless, if someone has been hijacked like that, I think it's wrong to hold them as guilty of the infringement (or kiddie porn) that they were unaware of. If we are hell-bent on giving them some kind of legal culpability, then there should be law outlawing operating a computer recklessly on the internet (I don't think there should, but of we have to go there...)

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