The idea of hitting suspected filesharers with threatening settlement letters and/or lawsuits has lost its lustre for most music industry rightsholders, having seen the controversy around the actions of firms like ACS:Law and Davenport Lyons.
If the recent court cases involving ACS:Law weren’t enough proof that sending accused filesharers demands for settlement fees wasn’t a discredited model in the UK, here’s more evidence.
British law firm ACS:Law caused considerable controversy with its letters to alleged filesharers demanding money in order to avoid being sued. However, the company ceased trading in January after being challenged on its modus operandi, and has since been dragged through the courts itself.
UK legal firm ACS:Law is now defunct, having sparked controversy for its settlement letters sent to alleged filesharers. Founder Andrew Crossley is facing a number of court and trade body hearings…
We’ve been following the troubles of British legal firm ACS:Law since last year, when the wheels came off its business sending settlement demands to alleged filesharers. Now the company’s boss Andrew Crossley has been told he’ll face an application to pay wasted costs in 27 cases that were recently thrown out.
UK law firm ACS:Law became notorious for pursuing alleged filesharers on behalf of a client called MediaCAT.
Controversial UK law firm ACS:Law has confirmed it will not be taking on any more business that involves sending letters to accused filesharers demanding they pay a settlement fee or be sued.
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 […]
The practice of lawyers sending out settlement letters to alleged filesharers demanding a payment to avoid litigation is currently controversial, thanks to the activities of law firms ACS:Law and Gallant […]
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.
Do warning letters help stop piracy? Not if they’re sent to people who aren’t pirating. UK consumer rights organisation Which? says it’s received more than 150 enquiries from people who say they’ve been sent letters by law firm ACS:Law accusing them of online piracy, and inviting them to settle for £500. It’s not just about music, though.