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.
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The latest study of file-sharing behaviour comes from the University of Amsterdam, with a report that aims to identify “the short and long-term economic and cultural effects of file sharing on music, films and games, while taking into account the legal context and policy developments”.
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.
Negotiations between Spanish ISP association Redtel and the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries have broken down, after Redtel rejected the latter’s suggestions of cutting off the internet access of persistent file-sharers.
Graduated response schemes may have run into problems elsewhere in the world, but Taiwan has just passed an amendment to its copyright act introducing a three-strikes provision, where ISPs will be able to restrict the internet access of persistent file-sharers.
Swedish performing rights society STIM has released a report called Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users, which reports that more than 86% of respondents would be interested in paying a voluntary fee for legal P2P (that’s 52% who are “very interested” and 35% who are “somewhat interested”).
A mini-storm has blown up around the RIAA’s policy of suing individual file-sharers, after attorney Ray Beckerman accused the industry body of continuing the policy, despite announcing plans to abandon it before Christmas.
Watch out for Irish users of Twitter, Facebook and other social media services replacing their profile pics with black boxes in the coming days.