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 @ 3:18am

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    @TAM Now you are defending extortion and scamming. These people have no interest in curbing piracy they are just extracting money by scaring people.

    In fact it is ACS law who are behaving like pirates (like the Somali pirates in fact).

    I have read numerous submissions to the UK government consultation on "Digital Britain" from people who have been accused and I can assure you that it is absolutely incredible that all of these people are actually guilty of anything.

    I suggest you look at http://beingthreatened.yolasite.com/

    where you will find more information.

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