Company Demands Restitution from UK Residents Accused of Illegally Downloading Porn

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To date, the RIAA has sued more than 20,000 individuals over alleged copyright infringement, and one could argue that the RIAA has turned its suing spree into a business model. If that's the case, consider what DigiProtect is doing to be nothing more than modern day business economics 101.

The German company has been sending out thousands of letters to UK residents accusing them of using file-sharing networks to download and distribute dozens of porn flicks. The 20-page letters lay out all the embarrassing details, including the name of the film(s) and what date and time the alleged download took place. Similar to what the RIAA has been doing, DigiProtect offers to settle out of court, usually to the tune of £500 (about $740USD).

Not surprisingly, many of the recipients deny ever having downloaded or copied the films in question, and hundreds of individuals have already sought legal counsel.

"It's the embarrassment factor," said Michael Coyle , a lawyer at Lawdit Solicitors. "One lady told us she fainted when she opened her letter. Teenagers right up to old-age pensioners have been accused of downloading hardcore porn. The overriding feeling is one of outrage."

According to Newbeat, the letters indicate that DigitProtect is acting on behalf of U.S. based Evil Angel. Newsbeat contacted the owner, John Stagliano, who said he was shocked to learn the exact amount DigiProtect is demanding from alleged file sharers.

"It's not my understanding that they ask for anything near that. I think the amount was $50 (£34) or €50 (£43)," he said. "I would be very surprised and I wouldn't be happy because it would mean it was completely misrepresented to me."

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