Not a week goes by without us receiving a collection of legal threats, nutty letters, threatening emails or just plain crazy diatribes telling us how rich rights holders deserve to have their content stolen.
We’ve decided to publish one we received this week as it demonstrates just how dumb some people are with relation to this issue.
It has come to my attention that you have been manipulating payment processors with fraudulent pretenses. I intend to collaborate with file host site owners, affiliates, & premium membership purchasers to file a class action law suit. Allegations & actions sought may include, but not limited to:
1.) Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: 18 U.S.C. § 1030(e)(2), 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2), 1151, S.Rept. 112-91 § 2111, 18 U.S.C. 1030, 18 U.S.C. § 1030(d)
2.) Electronic Communications Privacy Act: 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510
3.) Communications Act: 47 U.S.C. §§ 553 and 605
4.) National Stolen Property Act: 18 U.S.C. § 2314
5.) Misrepresentation of © claimant: § 202.3(a)(3)(ii)
What’s interesting about this email is that there is really a belief out there that infringing file lockers are just victims and that we are somehow able to dictate to payment processors what they should do with them.
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This email proves to us that our campaign is having a positive impact. Sites which have been set up to profit from rampant piracy are starting to hurt in the hip pocket. When a site is unable to receive Paypal anymore it loses access a huge number of customers. When a site is unable to transact within the Visa and Mastercard system then it’s pretty much game over.
It’s worth pointing out that Paypal will not terminate an account because we ask them to do so. They conduct their own investigation into the site and if the site does not comply with the Paypal AUP, the Paypal Terms and Conditions or any special conditions placed on a class of merchant, then the merchant loses access to Paypal payment processing.
The letter (unconvincing legal threat) quoted above draws a long bow, it’s saying that we have the power to manipulate payment processors like Paypal. Such a claim demonstrates a lack of understanding of even the most basic fact, that being that Paypal are a very large company with stringent processes in place to deal with abuse of it’s service.
It seem’s that infringing file locker owners are feeling the pinch and there seems to be a realisation now that it’s not only Paypal paying close attention to this class of merchant.