Well, legal actions against illegal P2P stuff have been very much evident since a whooping 10 million lawsuit was filed against IsoHunt.com, and cost of defending such cases in UK is easily £10,000, but it has become pretty common t o get away with small infringement cases merely by paying off under £10,00.
While such cases are pretty common nowadays in UK, entrepreneurial copyright lawyers in US haven’t been known to exist in large number; at least those who believe in sending out blackmail letters threatening prosecutions in case the alleged P2P users don’t settle to pay a decent amount.
Now, P2P lawyers have grown, just the way content plagiarism, and copyright violation lawyers have grown to significant numbers. And, now the day has come that P2P lawyers send out straightforward legal blackmails threatening to sue, and ask them to pay money to avoid being established to be guilty.
In legal terms you may call it blackmailing, but since the lawyers are not asking for something wrong, it may not be considered a crime, though not very ethical either. However, things in UK are a bit different from the US, as they’ve several lawyers, and small law firms operating within the country to monetize on P2P. ACS is one of the renowned law firms in UK, operated by Mr Andrew Crossley. They’re experts in tracking IP addresses on BitTorrent swarms, and then reveal the identities of those who’re involved in the process, and send out straightforward threats in form of letters and emails, asking them to pay money to settle the matter.
Just to give you an idea of the amount of money such lawyers make with these claims, one of the lawfirms run by Crossley claimed to have grabbed well over a million pounds this way. Keeping this trend in mind, even the US lawyers have adopted the same strategy; however, it would be interesting to see the kind of response from the Americans, and how well this strategy bodes on US shores.
Coming to the million dollar question whether someone really gets sued in this process – well, things aren’t as transparent as you’d expect them to be. The way they identify such infringements apparently comes from Swiss firm, and hence remains to be pretty much a secret.
But, when you take a look at the records, there have been thousands of letters sent out with legal warnings, but still no traces of any legal lawsuit filed against any of the infringers, and ACS law doesn’t really look too keen on filing lawsuits and taking any legal actions.
Most of the major music labels don’t favor the way ACS tackles illegal file-sharing, nevertheless, it looks like a nice effort to control copyright infringements. But, who’s really getting benefited from all this?
Well, not the music makers, and movie producers to say the least; but, there are many lawyers and lawfirms who’re presenting minting money sending out such legal blackmail letters, pretending to support the law, and doing nothing much in the end,
Beware P2P users – Straightforward Legal Blackmails are just a great way to make money!
So, will P2P lawyering emerge out as one of the newest ways of generating revenues? Well, only time can tell how American users are going to respond to such warnings. As of now, UK P2P lawyers are more than happy with the situations prevailing in the country.