The Rise Of Mass Copyright Infringement Filing Shakedown Factories In The US

from the they're-everywhere dept

For years, we'd heard the stories of the mass infringement "pre-settlement" sending law firm operations in the UK, such as (for a time) Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law -- and we wondered why nothing like that had popped up in the US. Earlier this year, of course, up popped the US Copyright Group operation (really an off-shoot of DC-law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver). Since then we've seen more and more such operations set up -- with many focused on the porn industry.

Ars Technica has a list of just a few of the law firms (and the silly names they've come up with) who have jumped into this game in the US. The more we see of this, the sooner it is that (as in the UK) backlash and hopefully legal sanctions will come as well. There's little indication that any of these attempts have anything to do with actually protecting copyright or preventing infringement. Instead, they appear to be using the court system as a way to scare people into paying lots of money. Yes, it's probably true that many of the people accused did infringe, but there is little effort made to ascertain the reality of the situation. Instead, the focus is on discovering who the people are so they can be hit with a "pre-settlement" offer.
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  1. identicon
    Sam Hill, 11 Oct 2010 @ 5:25pm

    Did you get a letter?

    Did you get a letter? Thousands just went out.

    The news is reporting that this year about 50,000 already got one across all ISPs (Cox included).

    I am sure some of this info may help others.
    Please add to this post if you have more info to help

    What do you do Next?

    Step 1 Research the web
    ======================

    Here are some links with many more links inside them

    http://support.cox.com/sdccommon/asp/contentredirect.asp?sprt_cid=c8bc8c1a-2a73-4755-875f-15 5a1e35d440

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20006528-261.html

    http://www.facebook.com/group.p hp?gid=134341123246967&v=wall

    Step 2 Decide if Hiring a Lawyer is cheaper than just paying an out of court agreement IF You ever get one.
    ================================

    In most cases the cost to hire a lawyer to defend this will cost more.

    A. Hire a Lawyer
    =========================
    Typical retainers for Copyright law is 1 to 2 thousand


    B. Defend your self on your own at first till you get served
    web forms are only $10
    ============================

    Remember at this stage they do not know who you are so you have not been sued yet. The idea is to block the giving out of your name at first with this kit.
    If they ever do sue you are can then hire a lawyer or just pay the out of court settlement.

    Here is the link

    http://torrentfreak.com/lawyer-offers-self-help-to-sued-bittorrent-users-100829/

    http://s tore.payloadz.com/details/842325-Other-Files-Documents-and-Forms-Pro-Se-Basic-Motion-to-Quash-Packag e-On-Sale-Discount-.html

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