Piracy Monetization Company Was Sued For AbuseAdded: Monday, December 8th, 2014
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One of the anti-piracy law firms that cooperated with Warner Bros. and other prominent rights owners, Rightscorp, has recently faced a lawsuit for harassment, abuse and deception. The company faces a class action suit filed in California. The alleged infringers accuse Rightscorp of breaking laws when trying to extract settlements from them.
The rights owners have been sending DMCA takedown notices to broadband providers for a while now, but such warnings turned into revenue opportunities only a few years ago. The process is well-known already: anti-piracy law firms asked American Internet service providers to forward DMCA notices to subscribers and enclosed a settlement offer. For example, on behalf of copyright owners, Rightscorp offered alleged infringers to pay $20 per a case of infringement or face a potential $150,000 damage in court.
However, recently people started to complain that Rightscorp became too aggressive in trying to approach them. This resulted in a class-action complaint against it, filed at a California federal court. Internet subscribers accuse Rightscorp of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, debt collection laws and Abuse of Process.
For instance, the company repeatedly used robo-calls to alleged infringers. The subscribers were receiving one robo-call per day, or even one robo-call and one live call in the same day, from a variety of different numbers. Such aggressive annoyance is harassment and a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the complaint claims. In addition, the lawsuit also listed other violations regarding the law firm’s debt collection practices, which are claimed to violate both the FDCPA and the Rosenthal Act.
Moreover, the company allegedly made false representations that Internet service providers were participating in the debt collection. For instance, its notifications stated that ISPs would disconnect repeat infringers, which is not true. The alleged infringers also mentioned the Rightscorp’s controversial DMCA subpoenas submitted to ISPs. The requests demanded that smaller broadband providers should hand over personal information of their subscribers, which is a “sham and abuse” of the legal process, according to the complaint.
The abovementioned are just a few from the long list of complaints being brought against the anti-piracy law firm. When such settlement practices become more common, it will be really interesting to watch this case. The attorneys of the subscribers are confident that they have a strong case and invite all other Rightscorp victims to join. They underlined that they would be very interested in talking to other alleged infringers who were being contacted by Rightscorp or who were forced to pay settlements, especially those who were getting the pre-recorded robo-calls.
In the meantime, the industry observers point out that for Rightscorp, this case is yet another setback, after the piracy monetization company has reported in the beginning of November that it continued to turn a loss that may eventually drive it towards bankruptcy.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Monday, December 8th, 2014
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