Profits of Anti-Piracy Mass Litigation RevealedAdded: Monday, October 4th, 2010
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Last weekend the anti-piracy law outfit ACS:Law managed to accidentally publish its entire e-mail archive in the Internet. The information revealed contained data on the amounts the group extracted from the accused file-sharers since the start of its operations. On average, 30% of the alleged users preferred to pay up, leading the group’s profits to million dollars. All this money is divided between the rights owners, the law group, and the monitoring company.
Friday night ACS:Law exposed backups of its whole website and email database to the open Internet. Hundreds of visitors have immediately started to analyze the information contained in the e-mails, and intensively share their conclusions in forums online.
Although the e-mails contained lots of personal data, passwords, payment system details and private images, the public was interested in another type of data. The archive revealed the effectiveness of the notification letters sent out to a huge amount of alleged file-sharers and the proportions in which this money was divided.
In total, over 11,000 letters of claim have been sent out within the last 2 years. 40% of the users never replied, while another 30% disputed their claim. This makes it 30% of the accused BitTorrent users that settled by paying from $600 to $1200 per each letter of claim.
The money the users paid was usually divided between 3 parties: the rights owners, the law firm, and the monitoring entity which revealed the IPs of accused users. The shares differ depending on the client, but the law group always received a very significant part of the money – between 40% and 50%.
The email leak reveals that by the end of April 2010 almost a million dollars had been paid by the alleged users. The emails also prove that the only motivation of this mass lawsuit was to receive as much money as possible. The law firm admits in the e-mails that it even lowered the amount of the settlement to £495 with the only purpose to break the psychological barrier of £500 and make people pay it.
Of course, the operation of ACS:Law has been very profitable. Still, it will less likely continue – besides the data mentioned here, the leaked archive contains some other information which is able to put the unfortunate law group out of business.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
October 4th, 2010Posted by:
Monday, October 4th, 2010
|Isn't what they are doing called extortion. I wonder how much I would make if I grabbed a Phone book sent out a bunch of letters and told them they only had to pay 50$. Props to the one who leaked the info.|
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