UK Lawyers Who Originated 'Pay Up Or We'll Sue' Knew They Were Threatening Innocents
from the how-else-does-extortion-work? dept
Earlier this year, we noted that Davenport Lyons, the UK law firm, that really spearheaded the whole mass automated “pay up or we’ll sue you for copyright infringement” business, before handing it off to ACS:Law was being investigated by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, a part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the latest news says that the SRA is claiming that the two Davenport Lyons lawyers who were involved knew that they were threatening some innocent people, since the IP address data they had was not nearly specific enough to identify actual downloaders. Not surprisingly, the SRA doesn’t look too kindly on lawyers doing things that involve threatening innocent people.