A US based law firm deploys robotrolls to send alerts to pirates involved in mass BitTorrent lawsuit
June21, 2012: Prenda Law, a law firm operating in the US has deployed a sophisticated tool that sends alerts to the pirates accused in the mass level BitTorrent lawsuits through robocalls.
The announcement thus includes the threat to file a lawsuit against the accused as they have failed to settle the matter. According to critics, this new strategy might be challenging the law, irrespective of their effect on the users.
The case dates back to 2010 when a bulk of BitTorrent users were dragged to the US court in the wake of their involvement in the sharing of copyrighted films without seeking the permission of the owners. Though the copyright holders never aimed to take the case to courtroom, all they wanted was to settle the dispute outside court by managing the alleged copyright infringers to pay them a fixed amount to get away with the case; the introduction of robotrolls is meant to serve this very cause.
Most have termed this scheme as no less than extortion, yet the copyright owners defy the criticism by terming it as an important move to protect their copyrighted work.
Prenda law is among the most active law companies associated with Bittorrent lawsuits and have sued many pirates on the behalf of its clients from the adult entertainment industry.
It has even been accused of harassing the account holders involved in infringement activities that includes threat calls to urge them pay hefty amounts in order to get rid of the lawsuits.
In a shocking revelation, Prenda Law is reported to be bothering all the defendants that have their names in the company’s database, irrespective of whether their cases are currently under trial or have been already dismissed. Additionally, it also doesn’t cease contacting the accused who have hired attorneys to represent their case.
All these nuisance clearly depict the extent to which these law firms can go to get settlements in the favor of copyright holders they work for.
Moreover, many judges have also experienced this pathetic situation. Just to cite an example, in New York Eastern District court, the judges were asked to close these lawsuits concerning them as “waste of judicial resources”.
Some of the judges have also came down heavily on such threatening incidents by passing strict orders to ISPs on not to disclose the contact number of the account holders.
However, the law firms are able to get over these jurisdictions somehow and manage to settle down the infringement issues in exchange of sumptuous amount from the accused users, and robocalls is there latest mode to accomplish such a disgusting task.
Unfortunately there is no stopping to these so called torch bearers of law and they are expected to continue flourishing in their business with several identical ways now and then.
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