News Column

Movie Pirates Told: Pay Up Or Be Cut Off

July 31, 2014



A company which demands cash from those suspected of downloading copyrighted music and movies is making hundreds of thousands of dollars from its 'fines'.

Independent company RightsCorp detects who is illegally sharing fines online using custom software, then demands $20 (11.80) in return for not informing the user's internet service provider (ISP).

RightsCorp works with 140 different ISPs in America, and those who refuse to pay up can be disconnected from the web.

The company was founded in 2011 but has only started to issue large numbers of copyright notices in the past year.

In May the company said it had settled 75,000 cases in total, potentially netting it $1.5m (890,000).

The infringement notices served cite the Digital Millenium Copyright Act 1988.

Founder Christopher Sabec told tech site Daily Dot: "When you torrent a file, we see it.

"For lack of a better description, we capture a red light photo of the transaction."

He said that only accounts which repeatedly flout copyright laws are targeted by the firm.

It it now looking to expand out of the US, to Canada, China, Russia and Thailand.


For more stories covering the world of technology, please see HispanicBusiness' Tech Channel



Source: Sky News (UK)


Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters