Copyright Trolls- Again?
Using data gathered by anti-piracy company Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of The Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for infringing copyright asking for a monetary settlement Â sound familiar?
Commonly known as copyright trolling, this business model has been deployed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere. To date, Sweden has escaped its clutches, despite being home to The Pirate Bay and a large number of file-sharers. That is now about to change.
An organization calling itself Spridningskollen (Distribution Check) says it is about to launch a new initiative to punish copyright infringers using peer to peer networks. The aim: to save the industry and educate the masses.
Distribution Check has stated that since the beginning of the year, Excipio has been monitoring the activities of Swedish file-sharers. That data will be used to track alleged file-sharers back to their ISPs.
ÂOne can compare it to a speed camera. In the same way that a speed camera only records those who drive too fast, only those Internet users who share copyrighted material without permission are logged,Â says spokesman Gordon Odenbark.
Initially, the group says it will target between 500 and 1,000 file-sharers and each will be asked to settle for around $233 (2,000 kronor).
ÂAt this moment, we have said that we are only asking for [$233] per film, but that amount will be increased. I can almost guarantee that we will raise the damages in the fall,Â OdenBark says.
What if you refuse to pay?
Local firm Gothia Law are providing the legal advice and sending out the Letters of Claim to those who refuse to pay and threatening legal action against the ÂinfringersÂ.
In common with similar schemes in operation in the UK, Distribution Check are trying to promote their project as an educational exercise. They say that in the first instance there will be a YouTube piracy awareness campaign. That will be followed by the settlement demands.
Users concerned about the titles involved in this dragnet should look to content offered by Scanbox Entertainment, Noble Entertainment, Atlantic and Crystalis Entertainment, who are all Distribution Check partners.
More often than not, copyright trolls have more bark than bite, so their threats should be taken seriously but with a decent pinch of salt. In the meantime, customers of ISP Bahnhof can probably sleep more soundly than most. The ISP certainly wonÂt be handing over identities to trolls without a fight.