Anti-Piracy Firm Quit Suing File-SharersAdded: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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ACS:Law, the anti-piracy company that has terrorized tens of thousands of suspected file-sharers in the United Kingdom, has decided to quit the anti-piracy business. The law firm announced the news at the Patents County Court during the recent hearing.
A week ago Judge Birss didn’t let ACS:Law and its client to discontinue cases against 26 suspected file-sharers. On the 25th of January the parties were back in court again, with ACS:Law announcing that it is now done with attempts to extract money from suspected file-sharers. However, the firm’s owners, Crossley, didn’t deliver this news to the court in person – just like last week, he claimed to need to help relatives involved in a accident.
When the court continued the hearing without him, Judge Birss QC condemned the conduct of both the law firm and its client, MediaCAT, accusing them of “making attempts to minimize the amount of scrutiny” of their work.
Actually, the suspicions were that the plaintiffs pursued such “speculative invoicing” business only for profit. In fact, the judge put it to the plaintiffs that they tried to withdraw those 26 cases in order to avoid the scrutiny of “inconvenient judges” and later go back to its “pay-up-or-else” scheme.
During the hearing the trouble of MediaCAT not being the rights owner of the protected works was raised again. The plaintiffs’ attorney was asked if he accepted that they couldn’t bring infringement proceedings if they didn’t join together with actual rights owners. Meanwhile, MediaCAT promised that they had no part in writing settlement letters.
At the end of the hearing, the judge said that he would deliver his final decision later this week. So now it is still unclear if MediaCAT is able to discontinue the mass lawsuit without being joined by the rights owner of the protected material, as well as whether there has been an abuse of process.
It seems like the speculative invoicing of the ACS:Law owner has never been about protecting copyright, considering that 65% of proceeds earned from each settlement letter he put in his pocket. So, this “pay-up-or-else” scheme could be just an attempt by Andrew Crossley to get-rich-quick by exploiting a scheme targeting the vulnerable users with groundless accusations and demands for cash settlements. In other words, Judge Birss now also has to consider if ACS:Law is guilty of being involved into some champertous agreement with copyright owners.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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Thursday, January 27th, 2011
|posted by (2011-01-28 14:33:39)|
|I would Love to see one of the people who they threatened turn around and sue them for fraud....||
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