by Mike Masnick
Fri, Feb 5th 2010 1:17am
university of georgia
With various companies around the world making a nice profit by threatening people with "pre-settlement" cash demands to avoid a copyright lawsuit, it was only a matter of time until others got in on the action, even if they didn't hold the copyrights at all. Slashdot points us to the news of a University of Georgia help desk employee who has been arrested for trying to shake down a student with a copyright infringement claim. Apparently, he accused at least one student of copyright infringement, and demanded money to "clear her name." Police are now trying to find out if the guy did this to others as well. Of course, you have to wonder if he got the idea from seeing companies that are doing this on a larger scale.
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