ACS:LAWs File Sharing Campaign-The Bubble has Judge Birss-t


The portly figure of Andrew Crossley leaving the hearing on 24_01_11


“I have ceased my work… I have been subject to criminal attack,”, “My emails have been hacked. I have had death threats and bomb threats,”

So said ACS:LAWs Andrew Crossley’s in a statement read out in Court AFTER he had left.

And with that he was gone, the infamous Lawyer who has led his Law firm to destruction and many thousands of innocent people to despair, has seemingly given up.  The man whose lies have broken marriages and familys and lives, issued his statement, and went, didn’t even hang about to deliver it himself.  

I have no doubt however, he WILL be back, maybe as an “Advisor” or “Co-ordinator), his Ego will demand it.  But what of his claims of threats, against him?

Today the Metropolitan Police has said it had no knowledge of any bomb threat against Mr Crossley or ACS:Law. The US Company that Crossley claimed to be working with Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver (also known as United Copyright Group),  evacuated its offices after receiving a bomb threat via email last October.

As those who have been following this story for the last few years, will know, ACS:LAW are “not the best at getting things right, indeed they even attempted SUE a forum that had included that very statement.  And this is the kind of scenario that made ACS:LAW the most hated Law firm in the UK, and the most complained about, over 500 complaints had been received regarding their practice at the point that Andrew Crossley was referred to the “Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal”, for the THIRD time!

They threatened to sue the owner of a domain that was called “BeingScammed” a website that provided vital information and help in the early days, In a leaked Twitter conversation the Paralegal and EX Davenport Lyons employee Terence Tsang said of this incident

TezimondoYes but I decided to not pursue him for costs and damages. Was feeling nice.

BeingScammed rebranded and morphed into BeingThreatened arguably a far more powerful base alongside the Slyck forum  for those letter recipients that felt that the ACS:LAW model did not pass the “Smell test”.  Indeed this very Blog was setup as a repository for the background to these people behind the practice, there is lots of it.

But Crossley is a consummate liar, a man who is VERY slippery indeed.  Many times he has been caught out and changed his now defunct website to suit the fact he had been found out.  The different Law Firms that cropped up alongside ACS:LAW (Tilly Bailey Irvine, Gallant Macmillan)  seemingly linked by a common purpose of “Copyright enforcement” were later exposed by the release of ACS:LAW of their email database to be linked also by Crossley as well, sharing letter templates and other ideas,  whilst the others though fell by the wayside, TBI first then Gallant Macmillan due to negative publicity, ACS:LAW had no such reputation that could be harmed so Crossley ploughed on.

An interview with Crossley by the Telegraph highlights the type of person that the public have been exposed to for nearly TWO years. 

When we spoke he had portrayed himself as a pauper, telling me that ‘less than a month ago’ he had been wandering around an air show with no money in his pocket and not a ‘penny to my name’. The leaked data painted a very different picture.

‘Hi Paul,’ he said, a few days later in an email to me. ‘One thing I wanted to scratch from the interview was I said I had no money recently. That was not an accurate reflection of the position.’

No not accurate at all, Crossley expected to make over THREE MILLION POUNDS himself (2010-2011) that would have been Crossleys cut, the GROSS revenue was to be a whopping TEN MILLION POUNDS.  That after all was what this tawdry mess was all about all along.

The excellent Torrentfreak posted an article regarding his attitudes to those less fortuate.

The story he trolls about regarding his “emails being hacked” is not true either, he was a target of a ddos, but he had the arrogance to mock that, it was AFTER this that his site was overwhelmed and in rebuilding his website the plank exposed his email backup to the World in the root Directory.  Why he had the WHOLE archive in such a place is still a mystery.  He has still not apologised to the public for exposing their details to the world.

Crossley is quoted from his emails to have attempted to “Sidefoot” the SRA investigation.

This year the Company GCB LTD seemed to have also joined the fray but the moment they started they were crushed by an outpouring of scorn and derision.  It turned out that a Paralegal from ACS:LAW had taken over GCB LTD, but Crossley denied ANY knowledge, this again was a lie exposed at the second Court hearing where Crossley let slip that in addition to Jonathan Miller there was an unnamed SECOND ex employee.

At the Court hearing it was disclosed by Crossley that GCB LTD had been planned in September, interestingly the same time period as the “Email leak”

The links to his friend Lee Bowden owner of Media C.A.T I believe are well established and have been reported on already.  Bowden is the Managing Director of “Piri Ltd”, and the “Text Works” in addition to Media C.A.T

Many people mainly those who stood up and refused to pay up, and some of the Media have come out of this well, a few have not.  Sky has still not even reported on their “Breaking News” Channel the fact of the ACS:LAW email leak, there is suspicion regarding Sky and ACS:LAW and the silence that SKY has tried to bring to this in light of them being the biggest ISP to let down their subscribers it is SHAMEFUL of them.  8000 of their subscribers linked forever with appallingly titled Pornography that is linked to their address and credit card details and SKY says……NOTHING

I believe, I really HOPE this is the end for this horrid “Speculative Invoicing”, only time will tell.

About Hickster

I am one of the many innocent people who have been accused of file sharing by Copyright Trolls, my letter came from the now infamous ACS:LAW, but they have now been emulated by many more using the same system. Their ruse is simple, Send out letters of claim with NO Real evidence beyond an IP address that they claim was captured using a frowned upon hack of Shareaza. My REAL opinion of these companies turned when they started sending out Pornography claims, THAT is what I find most disturbing. People who HAVE to pay up without the option of having their day in Court. THAT is NOT Justice. Why can't they just go to Court? because the Lawyers, pitch the price of paying the "Compensation" at about the same rate as hiring a lawyer to fight it. Things have changed in the last 8 years though. I would advise people to read the "Speculative Invoicing Handbook Part 2", research these people yourselves, and find me at Slyck Forums, or on Twitter. Do NOT Worry, Stand Strong
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13 Responses to ACS:LAWs File Sharing Campaign-The Bubble has Judge Birss-t

  1. Craig says:

    Thanks for this article and thanks for providing such useful and detailed information online throughout this whole saga. I know that it has been a great comfort to many to have this resource to turn to.

    I sincerely hope that Mr Crossley isn’t allowed to waddle off into the darkness, giving him the opportunity to regroup and re-start. For one who was supposedly so keen to expose others to the ‘full force of the law’ he seems extremely keen to avoid it himself.

    Did anyone ever get any conclusive proof that the ‘road accident’ which affectd his ‘family’ took place. Much like his unproven allegation of bomb threats he used the accident as a reason to avoid scrutiny in court and I would be interested to see him brought before a judge and made to explain himself. If during this explanation the court determines that he has broken the law he should receive the appropriate punishment.

    • Hickster says:

      I will continue to persue this story wherever it leads. I think their is still a lot of loose ends and dont forget, their is still the investigation by the ICO and the SDT to come. Thanks for taking the time to comment on the post BTW!

  2. DavidM says:

    Hickster – you rock – go deserve a medal for the work you put in – my wife, who is innocent of listening, let alone downloading, the awful Cascada track can hopefully forget Crossley and his threats

  3. Crossley’s statement is purely a tactic to present himself as the victim in this rather than the perpetrator of harassment of innocent people. The claim of his e-mail being hacked is, of course, absolute garbage. The ACS e-mail archive was posted on the front page of their website by an incompetent member of staff working for ACS in the aftermath of the DDOS attacks.

    That’s not hacking: that is incompetence.

    If the ICO truly has any balls it will hit Crossley with the harshest fine they can. They must ignore Crossley’s pleas and focus on his conduct and mendacity as you’ve highlighted here. That, of course, is a big if. The ICO should also take the ISPs who sent unencrypted personal information to ACS:Law by e-mail.

    If the SDT truly has any ethics it will bar Crossley from working in or with the legal profession for life. They must ignore Crossley’s pleas. Crossley’s name is now forever tarnished with the harassment of innocents and trying to make money from that.

    Kudos to Judge Birss for his actions in starting to bring an end to the Crossley story over the last month.

  4. Jhart63 says:

    What about Crossleys sensitive list of names?
    Has any reporter or organisation tried to get to the bottom of this possible, blackmail list.
    Well done for a great article.

  5. Matt says:

    Hey great news and great reporting.

    I hope god old Mr Tsang isn’t going to get off scott free?

  6. Hickster says:

    As long as their is this “Speculative Invoicing” scheme going so my efforts will continue to stop it. I am aware of what ACS:LAW have and the possibilities of what might happen, but this Blog was never JUST about ACS::LAW, it is about the system of Law that I and many others feel let down the General Public.

    First Davenport Lyons, ACS:LAW, Tilly Baily Irvine, Gallant Macmillan, to name but three.

    This is NOT their Internet, it is OURS!

  7. Hi,

    just found you on Twitter -).

    Do you know when Birss J will issues his official decision?

  8. Hickster says:

    Oh so twitter DOES have it’s uses then? LOL. I believe that the Judge said he would announce his Judgment later this Week. So maybe as it is Friday it will be today. I do NOT know for sure though!

  9. Pat says:

    Does this mean I don’t have to worry any more about letters from ACS or GCB ltd? I got one today that had been forwarded from my old address. I had assumed that it was all over as I never heard back from them last time. Can I forget following it up now?

  10. Ang says:

    I am a long time silent follower of the Slyck forum and your blog since my husband got his first letter form ACS:Law last summer. We were also customers of Sky and our home address and hubbys name was on the leaked list.

    Trying to get an explaination from Sky is harder than getting blood from a stone! When we got the letter we rang them up and i was in tears over the phone trying to explain the details of the letter and they denied having anything to do with ACS:Law. We emailed and rang so many times but we still couldn’t get an answer so we terminated our contract and went else where for our internet.

    I am absolutley disgusted with the way Sky has treated its customers and i dispise Crossley even more. WE felt like a prisoners in our own home and also like we were being watched everytime we went on-line even though we are totaly innocent.

    Thank you for sall the hard work Hickster, hopfully this will all be over very soon!


  11. Tell me how can Law firms like this get way with this? don’t the Law society or a governing body monitor this? so many people get the short end of the stick there needs to be more done.

    solicitor in manchester

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