We reported earlier this week on the controversy around UK law firm ACS:Law, which has been sending letters to suspected file-sharers demanding £500 settlement fees. The scheme is based on rightsholders – more from the games and adult industries than music – requesting IP addresses from ISPs of suspected infringers. However, it’s been accused of inaccuracy, most infamously with a 78 year-old accused of downloading an adult movie. Now the BPI has announced its disapproval of the scheme. “We don’t favour the approach taken by ACS:Law to tackling illegal filesharing, which is at odds with the proportionate and graduated response advocated by BPI and proposed in the Digital Economy Bill. We uphold the highest standards of evidence, and our view is that legal action is best reserved for the most persistent or serious offenders – rather than widely used as a first response.” Source: The Register

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