Copyright Trolls Reached FinlandAdded: Friday, October 30th, 2015
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One of the law firms in Finland sent thousands of settlement demands to alleged pirates and now decided to make good on its threats to sue. Initially, the law firm asked the alleged infringers to pay between 600 and 3,000 euros per offense, but now it demands up to 10,000 euros plus court costs.
The scheme is all the same – alleged file-sharers are notified that they can choose to settle for a relatively small sum or risk an escalation in court. While in most cases the ignored threats wither and die, actually taking cases to court is a powerful weapon for the law firms, because eventual poor outcome for a file-sharer stimulates others to settle early.
Now one Finnish company, acting on behalf of movie, TV show and adult distributors, is using this scheme. Since last summer, the law firm has sent out thousands of settlement letters to alleged infringers, each demanding payments of between 600 and 3,000 euros. While it is unknown how many recipients have paid up thus far, some have surely ignored the warnings. Now the company claims it will make an example of those who have failed to pay or otherwise engage with the law firm. It is now taking the first 3 cases against Finnish citizens to court, who will face the prospect of vastly increased costs, because settlement demands were replaced with compensation claims of up to 10,000 euros plus extensive legal costs. In Finland, a losing party picks up the bill from both sides.
On the other hand, if the defendants win this case, it will be a major setback for the whole scheme in the country. The problem is that the law firm is likely to hand-pick the defendants with the weakest cases. Besides, under Finnish law the ISP account payer is presumed to be the infringer, unless they can prove that another user was to blame.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, October 30th, 2015
|posted by (2015-11-01 15:42:34)|
|These billionaires will not stop until they have taken the last dollar from each and every of us, just to became mult billionaires. RIP internet, RIP freedom|
|`They are trying to generate fear. And yes some are going to court.|
The best outcome would be the defendant winning. It is in the downloaders interest ALL of them. The first cases are crucial. We all need the win. We need the precedent.
But thats just my take on this.
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