from the be-fair-warned-us-copyright-group dept
The saga of ACS:Law and its mass P2P user shakedown campaign continues. Despite claiming to have shut down completely in an attempt to avoid any possible sanctions for its disastrous strategy, the judge is forcing the cases to continue, saying that ACS:Law and its partner MediaCAT cannot just drop the cases in an attempt to “avoid public scrutiny.” The judge clearly sees the shakedown scam for what it is:
I cannot imagine a system better designed to create disincentives to test the issues in court…. Why take cases to court and test the assertions when one can just write more letters and collect payments from a proportion of the recipients?
The judge appears to have also slammed ACS:Law and Andrew Crossley for claiming that one reason for dropping the cases were that necessary documents were in storage and they didn’t want to retrieve them. The judge saw through that excuse:
“If true, it is extraordinary,” said the ruling. “A party who keeps key documents which are cited in the particulars of claim in storage is not a party anxious to progress their claim in court.”
Once again, those firms in the US copying this strategy should probably take note of what’s happening over in the UK.