With news breaking that the Paralegal Terence Tsang has bought code from a freelancer with a view to:
“Create a bit-torrent client for me which will obtain details about file sharers of certain torrents. Server is Linux. The torrent client just needs to monitor IP addresses and take information which is then placed in a database,” writes Tsang in his request.
“The information needed is as follows: Host IP, Hit Date and time (GMT time), Provider network name (i believe whois search will help with this – can you think of a better way?), P2P Client, File name, File size, MD5 of file,”
“So we need to get the software to monitor a number of specific torrents it needs to create a database of the above information. The database needs to be able to import into a database file like csv. I am only interested in UK IP addresses. Easy job if you have the skills,”
It seems only right in light of ACS LAWs failure to release details regarding their “Monitoring system”, and the fact that ACS LAW Sole Partner Andrew Crossleys buddy and work associate Lee Bowden has entered the fray as a client of ACS LAW to do what they do best and SPECULATE, so here goes.
Lee Bowden owns MEDIA C.A.T and The Text Works and is a Partner with Jay Puddy of Pirri LTD. Although there is NO suggestion that Pirri LTD is involved with this but MEDIA C.A.T most certainly is and so is Bowden.
Indeed at the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on November 19th 2009 When Chief Master Winegarten asked why rights holders were dealing with Media C.A.T and not directly with DigiProtect, Crossley said that
“[Media C.A.T] happen to operate in the UK…dealing with UK companies…” In referring to the scheme ACS:Law and DigiProtect operate in respect of these hardcore porn titles, Crossley tried to suggest that they were doing a public service by helping to prevent the sharing of restricted movies on P2P.
Chief Master Winegarten responded by noting that
“[this is] not a moral crusade” and that in his opinion, ACS:Law and DigiProtect were doing this “…because you want the money.”
So what are we to make of this? Well it PROVES that Terence Tsang bought code for the very purpose of bringing file sharing suspects to court.
The work dates back to April 2008, I do NOT know when he left Davenport Lyons but this time scale would at least indicate the timing of a realistic business practice. Indeed their WAS a abortive website that attempted this that was registered back in January 2009, it name was http://www.stoppiracy.co.uk/ and a quick WHOIS search reveals that the Registrant is…… Terence Tsang of Advanmedia/AdvanGroup and also of ACS:LAW.
We KNOW that Lee Bowden and Andrew Crossley are friends or at the least associates. Bowdens Company Media C.A.T is in trouble with it’s finances and needs cash, how? Well a quick search of Companies House Website SHOWS that Media C.A.T is in trouble.
1) If Terence Tsang had inside knowledge into the methods used by Logistep and Digiprotect which having worked for DL we assume he would have. Have we just uncovered the specification of the “Monitoring Software”? , if so then this confirms what we have suspected all along, that this “Monitoring Software” is not fit for purpose. This may also explain the complete reluctance by ACS:Law to provide the “Evidence” and “Expert Reports” to those that have requested them.
2) Is this commissioned application the very same monitoring software now being used by Media C.A.T ? , and if it is then is this not a serious conflict of interest? not only does it raise serious concerns about the quality and processes used by the “Monitoring Software” it’s also possible that the solicitors concerned:
a. Commissioned the program
b. Operate the Program
c. Gather the Evidence
d. Produce the letters of Claim
e. Receive Money from the “Damages” claimed
This may be something that the SRA may wish to investigate further and if the suspicions are proved to be true they should be held to account for their actions.
So What is the Truth? Is Andrew Crossley merely helping out a friend in need(Lee Bowden) or is Terence Tsang trying to break away from ACS LAW? How Did Tilly Bailey & Irvine get involved? ….we cant know for sure but certainly their needs to be an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority at the VERY least into the actions of these three people. It seems at the VERY least that all roads lead to Terence Tsang and Advanmedia/AdvanGroup
Credit: Thx Flaw!
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Just been hit with one of these letters today. Don’t they realise that in the world of the internet IP addresses are hacked everyday? The internet is not safe for anybody. Rather than trying to catch people downloading or uploading. Why dont you concentrate on the sites that offer the torrents in the first place.
ACS has hit me with this letter today…I have a baby due in 3 weeks. Not Law firm and demand money like that with out going to court first. Also…demanding you 3 digit code on the back of a debit card? Don’t think so.
Well first things first CONGRATULATIONS, I wish you all the best with the birth of your child. Please DO NOT WORRY about these people. As far as I know NOONE has actually been taken to court by them and I doubt VERY much if they will.
Please check out the links and if you like contact me on my email!
Got 1st lettercouple of months ago, emailed a reply with LOD, got 2nd letter today, refers to my previous correspondence re infringment of copyright. They note my reply matches a template response on internet, with this in mind they are disinclined to accept at face value what i have said, as it is simply a generic response. Their original offer of compromise is now withdrawn and have instructions from their client to pursue this matter against me further! the cost has now doubled too. Next move….?
Well PLEASE try NOT to worry, that would be the first thing to do. You have a choice, to respond and get another letter, or as you HAVE responded and their is NO FURTHER evidence, to leave it. I would however urge you to go to the Slyck Forums and check them out where a lively debate is ongoing! http://tinyurl.com/slyck
Looks like a couple of English.Sheep.Shaggers have got letters in my School near London.
Check this out! ::: http://www.ueof.co.uk/acslaw/postcode.php?postcode=bd20&lon=-1.9735408&lat=53.906112
I noticed none of the people complaining here deny that they illegally downloaded.
Keep your hand out of the cookie jar, and you won’ get slapped, dumba**.
thanks for the information , it is very useful for me ……