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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    Tyanna, 28 Jan 2010 @ 7:45am

    The only thing that I don't understand that even if someone did actually download the files in question, doesn't the fact that the copyright holder actually shared it mean that it wasn't infringement any more?

    Doesn't putting it up on a medium such that it's expected that the content be downloaded by other people mean that you agree to let them download it? And if no, is that not entrapment, which is also illegal?

    Seems like their operation is more than questionable, it's down right shady. I can't wait until the make the stupid mistake of sending one of those letters out to someone with the knowledge and power to take them to court!

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