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Scattershot legal threats as a copyright protection strategy are incurring the wrath of the mainstreamblind-justice British press, as per this article by Tony Levene in the Guardian. He cites the example of a “bewildered” and non-computer savvy couple in their 60s who received a 20-page “pre-settlement letter” from lawyers Davenport Lyons insisting the unsuspecting pair had illegally downloaded a Nazi-tinged gay porn film called Army Fuckers. The couple was offered the stark choice of paying £503 ($775) or facing a High Court action under the British Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Michael Coyle of the law firm Lawdit, who said Davenport Lyons represents DigiProtect, offers a £50 ($80 this week) service for those who wrongfully received one of these letters. He believes some consumers are paying up because they cannot afford the legal costs of defending themselves. He also thinks the demanded sums are “out of proportion to the alleged injury” and that the methods used to indentify users are unreliable.

Davenport Lyons gave a statement to the Guardian that said in part: “We allow ample opportunity for the recipient to respond, and if they have done nothing wrong they have no reason to be concerned.” That’s so reassuring.

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Written by chris

November 30, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Posted in Internet, Uncategorized

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