Mass pirate intimidation will begin in the UK

    Distribution of letters in the style of "Pay or get a subpoena" in the UK has expanded to another 30,000 people whose names and addresses are received from Internet providers. Lawyers for medical corporations will begin mailing in the coming weeks.

    It is known that in many cases it is much more profitable for companies to collect fines from users of P2P networks than to sell the same products through legal stores. In the first case, the amount of fees may be an order of magnitude higher. As you can see, companies are gradually moving to this scheme.

    Permission for the mass mailing of letters was obtained on November 19 as a result of hearings held in a London court. The hearing was attended by lawyers of the plaintiff ACS: Law, representatives of the Internet provider British Telecom (25,000 user addresses were received from him), as well as two previously mistakenly accused users who are regular visitors to forums where they give P2P advice - to users, future victims of threats from copyright holders. That is, these two represented the public.

    The highlight of this case is that threatening letters are sent only on the basis of binding the IP address to its owner, which is not legal evidence. That is, this information is not enough to blame the user in court. Moreover, representatives of media corporations themselves admit that not all recipients of such letters are guilty.

    That is why the mass mailing scheme is very profitable. As practice shows, about half of the recipients of the letter agree to pay compensation, especially if the letter mentions the word "pornography", and respectable citizens do not want publicity. Accordingly, the company receives hundreds of thousands of dollars with little or no effort. This is the so-called "fast money spin." Litigation is not needed at all if people pay themselves. And they pay if they scare them well.

    Thanks to, information about the upcoming UK money-laundering campaign has been leaked to the press, so some users will be ready to receive “shocking emails”. Experts at explain how to avoid prosecution. To do this, send a return letter to ACS: Law explaining that the charge was made by mistake. This is enough, because it is unlikely that the case will be continued in court, because it is much easier for lawyers to send out another 30,000 letters than to spend time and effort on separate court proceedings.

    It can be expected that in the future similar earning schemes will be activated in other countries where piracy is popular.

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