Trick or Treat: $10 Fine For Infringing Copyrights

10 DollarIn the world of phishing, “the IRS” may have a fierce competitor: An anti-piracy company which recently started sending e-mails claiming $10 from each user that infringed music copyrights. According to a letter sent to one of the “pirates,” a  Los Angeles firm called Digital Rights Corp. said pay the fee to settle and avoid further charges.

In July, we reported that all major ISPs agreed to plan fighting copyright infringement through a plan that granted U.S. users six chances to quit downloading illegal content from the Internet.

Or, says Digital Rights, if you want to get the charges dropped, pay them $10.

If you click on the link below and login to the Rightscorp, Inc. automated settlement system, for $10 per infringement, you will receive a legal release from the copyright owner.

Once you’ve logged into Rightscorp, you pay your fine by using a personal credit card. Any red flags going up yet?

It’s curious: Digital Rights sues you without knowing who you really are.  Nowhere in its message is a name specified for who is responsible for infringing content. The only thing the company knows is the IP address, the infringement source and the infringement file that had been downloaded by the pirate.

The user who receives the notice, is liable for $150000 in damages, but if they click on the link supplied, they can enter a credit card and we will settle the matter.

This sounds to me like a ripoff. The fact they don’t know your name or address is a telling point. If you think you’re going to pay $10 and they’ll forget about you, you’re probably wrong. Why? Because you’ll be giving them access to your credit card, along with all of your personal information and the $10 settlement gift.

Source: TorrentFreak