Lord Clement Jones lays into these Scamsters Lawyers in VERY strong terms in the House of Lords
Jon Trickett has condemned as extortion the actions of ACS LAW a Solicitors sending out speculative invoices and trying to scare people into paying them.
Warning from MP over bogus legal letters Local MP Jon Trickett has urged his constituents to keep an eye out for letters they may receive from seemingly legitimate law firms. Jon Trickett said: It’s been brought to my attention that a number of my constituents have received threatening letters from a law firm demanding that they pay considerable sums of money for ‘illegally downloading’ material, such as films, games and music. I have referred all such cases on to the Solicitors Regulation Authority who are currently looking into the firm in question, but I would urge anyone who gets anything similar through the post to either seek independent legal advice or contact my office. Such firms can only get any money out of you by taking you to court and if you have genuinely not broken the law then you have nothing to worry about! I find it disgraceful that anyone should attempt to extort money out of people, particularly in a time of such economic uncertainty and I will continue to push the consumer and regulatory authorities to take tough action when anyone is found to be acting in such a way.
See his Website here and send him a Thankyou for standing up against these bullies. http://www.jontrickett.org.uk/
A GREAT article about ACS LAW a Solicitors “Currently under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. In this article is seems that we have an MP following the lead of the LORDS in condemning and actually making a stand against these bottom feeding algae eaters.
See the FULL Article here http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/Illegal-downloading-cash-demand-shock.6101007.jp
Acs Law continue its War of attrition against the British Public and their latest round of “Speculative Invoices” seems to contain a rather Sinister Questionnaire. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
I believe myself they are terribly unprofessional forms, starting with either a “5” or a “15” in place of “1”. It also seems that ACS LAW want to persue or at least ask wether the person would be willing to allow their PC to be inpected by forensic analysis. Very Interesting
Of course what these forms REALY mean is that ACS LAW dont have enough information and believe you to be stupid enough to supply them the information with which to attack you again
Beingthreatened have produced an additional chapter to their EXCELLENT “Speculative Invoicing” Booklet please see here http://bit.ly/bonusquestio
Also had an EXCELLENT Spoof Questionnaire sent to me from ACS:FLAW Please see it here Fishing Questionnaire
Yes finally it seems those merry scamsters legitimate Solicitors are getting a lot of focus in the Mainstream Media. No word yet from ACS LAW apart from the usual bullying threats of being taking to Court for Slander and other such allegations. Terence Tsang we know you want to defend Andrew but come on…..
Anyway here is the list
Law firm’s piracy hunt condemned
BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates
ACS:Law-type scams ‘big business’
BPI slams law firm chasing illegal file-sharers
BPI Rejects Piracy Threat Letters and Slams Large Profit Making UK ISPs
Here are a few links to get acquainted with those who accuse you of file sharing. This is a scam legitimate business model!!!!
An Anti ACS Blog http://sites.google.com/site/acsillegalsite
http://twitter.com/ACS_LAW_ILLEGAL (seems a great point to gather)
A Portal for LOTS of Links (Where this text was taken from) http://acslawscammers.bravehost.com/index.html
*I have NO connection with Beingthreatened and do NOT speak for them. They ARE the first port of call for those receiving a letter from ACS LAW. I have no connection with any of the other links, I merely wish to promote their popularity as a way of defeating ACS LAW and their practices against innocent people.
A group of Solicitors in cahoots with so called “Forensic” Experts using a frowned upon hack of Shareaza are targeting peoples IP addresses for illegal downloads. Now this so far seems quite reasonable right? I mean it is only fair that people who create games and films should be able to gain money for their work and effort, I have no problem with such a principle.
ACS LAW took over from Davenport Lyons and started to send out their “letters” in early 2009, backed by Digiprotect, Digirights, and Logistep, and at the time of writing, employing Andrew Crossley, Terence Tsang (Ex Davenport Lyons) and one of their Chums Lee Bowden from Piri Ltd they seek to send out over 15,000 threatening demands for cash in the New Year.
The Modus Operandi
This has happened all over Europe, for this website I will focus on the UK ops. Davenport Lyons a well respected Solicitors at the time sullied their name with this tawdry affair. The Problem? Well an IP does NOT identify an individual, sure it is allocated to an individual in some ways but it is not foolproof by any means.
Received a letter from Terence Tsang Andrew Crossley and Lee Bowden of Piri, LTD Accusing people of infringing copyright by sharing files via file sharing p2p.
The so called “Top Companies” on their roster of Clients include Reality Pump, Techland, Topware, and Zuxxez using “Forensic evidence” from Digiprotect. and Logistep