She sent me a message on Twitter stating 'stephcliff
@TheGift73 Happy to provide backup. Please e-mail me at sclifford at nytimes dot com.'
So I asked her:
Thank you for your reply on Twitter.
Can you give any evidence to support the claim that you made in your article this past weekend that counterfeiting "costs American businesses an estimated $200 billion a year?" The figure seems ridiculously high?
Could you also please state your sources.
Still no reply 24hrs later and I doubt she will.
Will keep you updated if she does.
Good article. It really does get my goat when they just pick a random large figure out of the air for the shock effect. Journalists these days are getting really lazy, and reporters like her aren't helping those few out there who know what a real & true report is. Her Twitter username is @stephcliff I just linked her this piece, so let's see if she will give any hard evidence of her fact gathering.
I recieved a letter from ACS:Law yesterday. I followed the advice by Beingthreatened.com and have also sent a copy of the letter to my MP and made a complaint to the SRA.
The file that they alleged that I download was some acid house track for the 90's. I had to Google it to figure out what in the hell it was.
I can categorically state that I have not nor would ever download anything like that, hence going by the book and sending my reply letter to them as advised by Beingthreatened.com and informing my MP.
My MP has already read my email, sent about 3hrs ago and has told me that he will reply in full shortly.
It's amazing that this company and all the others that are starting to practice this parasitic practice are allowed to continue to operate.
Much more needs to be done about this and more people need to made aware about the practice of these firms. It worries me as to how many people have already just paid up due to intimidation.
So if I make a mediocre film that costs me $100m to make and it only makes $20m at the box office because people didn't want to see it because it was, let's face it average at best; I can suddenly start running around like a headless chicken screaming, 'the pirates have stolen my earnings', or should I go back to the drawing board and make a better film next time round.
Just because a film costs a lot of money to make, doesn't mean it's going to make a profit or even break even. If every film that was released did this then the worlds courts would be congested with dumb claims made by dumb people who make average run of the mill films.
Why would they try and sue so many people? I understand that they are having a bit of a hissy fit for the film being a bit of a flop at the cinema, but why blame pirates? Seems like an excuse. If a film doesn't do well....we'll just blame it on piracy. Fucking morons.
They can't honestly expect to make up for lost earnings for people not wanting to watch the film by suing people.
If the film was any good then I'm sure a lot of the people who downloaded it would end up buying it on bluray/ DVD any way. I'd rather see a rough copy of a film first before deciding whether or not I thought it was worth spending £12 on a ticket and drink per person to watch it at the cinema.
FYI I didn't download it, but watched it at the cinema and didn't think it was all that.
There are plenty of films that do fantastically well at the box office and still get pirated, so blaming pirates for your film not doing well is just a piss poor excuse.
I know people probably won't agree with me but that's just my own personal feelings on the matter
I am still amazed that this company is still able to send out these letters let alone the Law Society granting them permission in the first place to do so. Lord Lucas has shown great animosity towards them in The House which is a good thing as the little people rarely have a voice loud enough to be heard.
I am glad that people are not just sitting back and taking this and I thank people like yourselves for keeping people updated about the situation and what is currently happening.
It really wouldn't surprise me at all if Lord Mandleson didn't have something to do with these people or actually knows Andrew Crossley. (my assumptions and nothing to do with this site)
I have come across a few people on Twitter and other places that have received a letter from this company and are clearly innocent as they are completely shocked at being threatened by a company they have never heard of for something they either haven't done or wouldn't have a clue how to it either. I just try to make them more calm by reassuring them that they aren't alone in this and pointing them to BeingThreatened.com and showing them articles like this.
I think it's a disgrace for a firm to be allowed to get away with something like this whilst the government sit back and do nothing.