The law firm that sent bills to pirates has been acquitted – now a new letter can be sent to file sharers
The Danish newspaper Berlingske can reveal that the Danish Njord Law Firm has been acquitted, which may mean that they will again send money claims to people they believe have downloaded movie and TV series illegally.
Njord believes they have the European Court of Justice on their side
It has been many years since we have heard about the law firm: in February 2018 we reported that over 3000 Norwegians received their IP address as a result of pressure from the law firm, while in May the same year that legal experts believe that this is more extortionate than anything else:
– My impression is that it is being abused, says Mårten Schultz, stated professor of civil law at the University of Stockholm at the time, and added:
– There is a risk of what in English is called “legal blackmailing”, that with their legal and financial muscles you scare small citizens to pay claims that they do not legally require to pay.
The “Consumer Ombudsman” announces its own investigation
Now, however, Njord has been upheld that what they do is not illegal, after they were investigated in Denmark for gross fraud worth 7.5 million Danish kroner – this internal teaches that the lawyers in theory can again continue to send letters where they ask for thousands of dollars for downloaded content.
The “Consumer Ombudsman” in Denmark can still put his foot down, as they have chosen to investigate Njord themselves, but it is uncertain how far they will get in the court system all the time the case has now been concluded.
Professor says it no matter what is up to the court
Back in October 2017, copyright professor Sanne Wolk stated to ignore the letter and not pay:
«Do not pay. You do not even have to answer it. In the end, it is the court that decides whether you should pay or not. We have seen similar letters before, and only a few cases have been taken to court “, says Wolk to Ny Teknik.