Rightscorp is one of the companies building a business tackling piracy on behalf of music, film and other creative industries’ rightsholders – including by identifying people suspected of illegal downloads, and pursuing them for settlements as an alternative to a lawsuit. Now the company is facing legal action as a defendant,
after two people in Georgia filed a lawsuit accusing Rightscorp of violating the US Telephone Consumer Protection Act by getting their details from their ISP and then sending them text messages and automated “robocalls”. “Rightscorp’s receipt of contact information from ISPs does not constitute obtaining consumers’ prior express consent as required by the TCPA,” claims the lawsuit. If it goes to trial, it will be the latest case shining a light on the practices of companies trying to get accused infringers to settle rathrt than go to court.