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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    Suspicious, 28 Jan 2010 @ 2:03am

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    Suspicions are nice and easy but baseless without evidence, even in this sick world where one is presumed guilty before being proven not.

    Second - the IP gathering algothim has yet to be tested and verified, one cannot just assume it to be perfect. The fact that it/they have not been opened up for scruteny makes one fear for its accuracy.

    Third - IP Spoofing is all to easy - therefore the alleged holder of an IP Address might indeed be entirely innocent of every event that supposedly occurred on that IP address.

    Fourt - not all "ordinary" internet users can possibly be tecnically savvy enough to protect every wireless connection against every threat to it even with WEP2. To assume otherwise is both immature and unwarrented.

    Fourth - are you an apologist for the recoding industry or dubious "law" firms????? Only asking ....

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