Controversial UK law firm ACS:Law has suffered an embarrassing defeat in a court case filed against eight people alleged to have illegally downloaded copyrighted material. ACS:Law famously specialised in sending letters to such consumers demanding settlement payments, but this is the first time it has followed through and actually taken any to court. Having asked for a default judgement against the eight, ACS:Law has instead been slapped down by the judge. “The claimant’s right to be a claimant at all is somewhat unclear on the face of the pleading,” he ruled. “A copyright case can be brought by the owner of copyright or an exclusive licensee but the Particulars of Claim does not allege the claimant is either of those.”

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