ACS:Law Apparently Gives Up For Real

from the will-it-last? dept

This was suggested in our recent post about the "fake company" used by ACS:Law's Andrew Crossley suddenly telling people to forget the letters demanding payments, but Andrea See lets us know that Crossley has announced he's "ceased" his work on shaking down alleged file sharers. Of course, he can't resist playing the victim in doing so:
"I have ceased my work...I have been subject to criminal attack. My e-mails have been hacked. I have had death threats and bomb threats," he said in the statement, read to the court by MediaCAT's barrister Tim Ludbrook.

"It has caused immense hassle to me and my family," he added.
If it's true that he's had death threats and bomb threats, that's really unfortunate, and hopefully those who were involved in such activities also get tracked down. No matter how ridiculous one is abusing the legal system for profit, that's simply no excuse for death threats. That said, Crossley has waged a years-long campaign shaking people down for money, threatening them with massive legal fines if they don't pay up, frequently accusing people with little or illegitimate evidence. And after multiple setbacks and questions about his activities (including an investigation from the regulatory body that oversees lawyers), that he's only now realizing it's best to get out of the business seems like he stuck at it way beyond what most folks would consider reasonable. It's also why I wonder if he'll really stay away for that long. I imagine this is not the last we'll hear of Andrew Crossley.
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  1. identicon
    Jose_X, 26 Jan 2011 @ 6:34am

    Re: No difference

    >> The only difference between violence on behalf of copyleft and

    No, copyleft exists by those that want to enable sharing but want to prevent exploitation, as allowed by current law, of their generosity by those much less generous who exploit what they can get but won't share back.

    It's a practical attept to create a level playing field legally. Copyleft is a way to get lots of bang for buck by those that want to remain legal but fight copyright extremism.

    Copyleft doesn't say pay me and don't share. It says, don't use the works if you intend to stop others from sharing.

    As a deterrent and to cover court costs, copyleft lawsuits will ask the courts to rule for money, but it's rather easy to avoid such a suit.

    Copyleft lawsuits are avoided by staying away from the material in question (so just pretend ordinary copyright applies) or else by following the terms which are very generous and certainly allow sharing.

    Plus, copying and freely sharing a file for the sake of learning is probably fair use (read 17 usc 107).

    Now, I have to ask why copyleft bothers you. If you don't believe in extremism and so don't very much want to respect copyright law in the first place, then you should not worry about copyleft licenses since you likely aren't going to want to place limits on how others can use anything you publish or republish.

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