Law Firm Defended Net HuntAdded: Saturday, April 17th, 2010
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DigiProtect, the partner of UK’s anti-piracy outfit ACS:Law, sending out mass letters to alleged online pirates, has managed to defend its actions.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine (TBI) Solicitors, another British law firm, have decided to quit sending out the piracy settlement letters recently thanks to lots of bad publicity caused by these actions. Consumers groups hoped the rest of law firms involved in such kind of practice would start realizing that despite this activity can bring good money, it also could generate lots of adverse publicity due to unfairness. But it seems like they were wrong, with an example of DigiProtect, which doesn’t care about damage to reputation at all. According to the information from BBC, the German-based firm considers its actions just a protection of copyright owners. DigiProtect declined to disclose its clients’ names, but admitted they are not UK-based. However, the company decided to start its service in Great Britain.
The service works as many of similar before – first recognizing the content to be shared illegally, then identifying the machine by IP and getting a court order to obtain the real address of an infringer. Finally, the letters are sent out to the alleged pirates, with the demand to pay about £700 per violation, otherwise threatening to face a court action.
One of the ISPs, O2, whose customers have been targeted as well, has condemned such attempts to bully the customers, but both ACS:Law and DigiProtect deny this charge. All they said is that the approach they used was the only proven effective practice, but admitted that the most of P2P monitoring they perform is an automated process and therefore some people may be wrongly identified, because the real infringer may not be the subscriber himself, but somebody using his service.
Which?, a UK consumer body, has been sent lots of complaints from people having been wrongly accused, this including retired people who doesn’t even have a computer. But DigiProtect didn’t make any apology to them. Instead, it defended the method used, saying that its clients preferred the approach they used, and no matter if there are any negative consequences. DigiProtect announced that it pays the copyright owners at least a half of money remaining after deducting all expenses.
April 17th, 2010Posted by:
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
|posted by (2010-04-17 13:28:11)|
|Great Article SaM|
|posted by (2010-04-17 14:29:47)|
|Great to know thanks|
|Hey they just showed the public what lawyers are really all about - MONEY and any way they can get it..||
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