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150 claim they were wrongy targeted with Internet piracy legal threats

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Jan 2010 21:49 User comments (8)

150 claim they were wrongy targeted with Internet piracy legal threats More than 150 people have contacted consumer publication Which? Computing claiming to have been wrongly targeted with written warnings for Internet piracy activity. ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to users in the UK accusing them of illegally sharing copyrighted content on the Internet, and providing a chance to pay about £250 to settle the case.
Which? claims to have been contacted by a number of people who say they have no knowledge of the alleged offense. One such case involves a 78 year old man who was accused of downloading and sharing pornography. "He doesn't even know what file-sharing or BitTorrent is so has certainly not done this himself or given anyone else permission to use his computer to do such a thing," Which? was told in a complaint.

The consumer advocate is now concerned that users might be accused wrongly. "Innocent consumers are being threatened with legal action for copyright infringements they not only haven't committed, but wouldn't know how to commit," said Matt Bath, technology editor of Which?. "Many will be frightened into paying up rather than facing the stress of a court battle."

It has encouraged people who have been wrongly accused of piracy to "rigorously deny it and, if possible, provide physical evidence of where they were when the infringement took place". ACS:Law is convinced that its methods provide accurate results however, and promises that more will be sent out soon.

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128.1.2010 5:41
av_verbal
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this is not surprising at all, lawyers target 'pirates' for cash, they are fishing for as many ip's as they can simply to turn piracy into the next big money maker by extorting money from people with heavy handed tactics such as highly threatening letters.

this is where the new digital law is flawed as we will not be able to defend ourselves by counter suing for malicious claims against us.

innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If you receive one: http://beingthreatened.yolasite.com

228.1.2010 7:01

Originally posted by av_verbal:
this is not surprising at all, lawyers target 'pirates' for cash, they are fishing for as many ip's as they can simply to turn piracy into the next big money maker by extorting money from people with heavy handed tactics such as highly threatening letters.

this is where the new digital law is flawed as we will not be able to defend ourselves by counter suing for malicious claims against us.

innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If you receive one: http://beingthreatened.yolasite.com


That's 100% right, you have to love the Blood Suckers, LAYWERS, I had this happen to me many years ago when DTV was being hacked and they tried to extort $3,500 from me to drop their case, I was paying for their complete package and not getting DTV free so I don't know what they were thinking. I ignored their scare tactics and nothing became of it, but I do know that plenty of others paid just to avoid going to court and retaining a laywer. This kind of action is great for laywers on both sides of the coin it is a win-win if you think from their angle.

328.1.2010 9:00

These tactics are alarming. My wife was accused of something similar about 4-years ago when she purchased on Ebay some computerized 'sewing' patterns for her sewing machine. The claim was that the seller was selling illegal copied patterns and as a buyer, she too was at fault. How was she to know? Nonetheless, somebody felt a shakedown of the buyers was in order, and tried to scare people such as my wife into paying a fine for their 'illegal' purchase. The scammers usually make it an amount that is somewhat affordable, therefore the targeted recipient sometimes just figures to pay it rather than risk going to court, or the possibility of a much larger fine. In my wife's case, we took the approach of further investigating on the internet and found that this was a scamming tactic. We ignored it and never had a problem since. Be careful!

428.1.2010 11:01

A agree that lawyers are blood suckers.

I think it is legit. However, many downloaders use someone's IP to download their files. They are not doing any research. My brother in law has been tapped for many years. He is too stupid to do anything. He is an a professional but has no computer skills. He is unwilling to have me secure his network. He claims he doesn't have one. He has 2 computers with internet with one modem, the moron. The broadband has the speed of dial up. Torrents use up all his band width. He is too worried about looking stupid than to care about a law suit.

This one is priced right. It may not be worth fighting. This business was a great success in the US they 'bagged' 40-60 thousand before they got greedy and upped the fine to where it made sense to fight. Then that became obvious that was a mistake. Most of the proof was gotten illegally.

528.1.2010 11:55

More like

Your Guilty until proven innocent in a court of law!

628.1.2010 13:10
av_verbal
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more info!

Quote:
Anti-Piracy Scheme “A Scam & Legal Blackmail” Say UK Lords

Several UK Lords have criticized the practices of law firms that send out warning letters to alleged copyright infringers demanding big payments. These schemes have been labeled a scam, and the lawyers operating them accused of “harassment, bullying and intrusion” and “legal blackmail” in the House of Lords.

In recent weeks the law firm sending out these mass copyright infringement notices has been discussed in the UK House of Lords. The video below shows Lord Clement-Jones labeling the operation as a scam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORBfs3QCvTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5GaZV8O1WM


more reading via the link.

it appears that the media industry does not have everyone in their pocket.

729.1.2010 22:10

It's a bloody SPAM campaign to see who they can scare into paying up!
They know that of every 100 they send out, probably 50% will probably have used a P2P client at some time or other. It's plain to see that this is just a quick cash grab by the law firm and probably not even associated with any of the media companies currently going after file sharers.
Shame

830.1.2010 0:36

if they targeted me and i hadn't done anything wrong i'd fight it on principal.


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