ACS Law hit notoriety for bullying broadband users into paying a fine in lieu of being taken to court for alleged “online copyright infringement”. Victims had no idea what their rights were and apparently frequently paid up rather than going through the expensive courts process.
It was reported yesterday that ACS Law had ceased trading – in order to avoid the potenial fines likely to arise out of the court action. Today they were apparently represented in court by a new barrister.
Reports from the court via twitter stream state:
- ACS Law has not been allowed to discontinue 27 cases it tried to drop last month.
- The judge today said letters to alleged filesharers “materially overstates the untested merits” of proving MediaCAT copyright infringement.
- Also Judge: “Media CAT and #ACSLaw have very real interest in avoiding public scrutiny ” because of revenue from from “wholesale letter writing”