p2pnet news | Freedom:- Elizabeth Martin, a lawyer hired by Swiss anti-piracy outfit Logistep, has been banned by the Paris Bar Council for six months for mailing “hundreds of thousands of threatening letters demanding that alleged file-sharers pay 400 euros (about $630)”.
She’s also barred from the National Council of the Bars (CNB) and other such professional associations for 10 years
“In her letters she warned alleged file-sharers that should it be necessary to take anyone to court, the costs would be substantial,” says TorrentFreak, going on:
“File-sharers were also led to believe that should they be found guilty, they would not only be responsible for their own costs, but those of the other side.”
Her wording is, “very similar to other letters received all across Europe, including those received from UK lawyers Davenport Lyons, who are also working with Logistep in exactly the same manner,” says the story.
“Their version is, ‘In the event that you were not able to pay whatever sums the court may direct, our client would have no option but to take steps to enforce the debt against your property’.”
A Conseil de l’Ordre du Barreau de Paris disciplinary investigation ruled, “By choosing to reproduce aggressive foreign methods, intended to force payments, the interested party also violated [the code] which specifies that the lawyer cannot unfairly represent a situation or seriousness of threat,” says TorrentFreak, adding:
“In addition, the lawyer also violated the code by cashing payments into a private account, not the usual dedicated litigation account, known as a ‘Carpa’. Martin also refused to reveal how many payments had been received from file-sharers.”
One might almost call this extortion, something regularly and routinely used by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA against alleged file sharers without a murmur from US legal bodies.
TorrentFreak – Lawyer Who Threatened File-Sharers is Banned For 6 months, April 5, 2008
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