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Submission + - ACS:Law threaten Slyck.com with libel - Wank plan (slyck.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: ACS:Law have turned from sending threatening claims to a huge number of people (15000 according to a recent BBC article; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8381097.stm) to going after the forum on which many innocent recipients are organising and communicating ways to fight back against the mistaken allegations. ACS:Law have demanded removal of 3 entire threads, totalling over 10000 posts with 11 examples of defamation (see download link in article). All of the examples given are opinion, and many are entirely laughable. How can stating you hope a lawyer 'chokes on his mince pies' be defamation or calling the whole scheme a 'wank plan'.

In doing so ACS:Law have proven they are willing not only to abuse the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act to go after innocent people, they also want to abuse British Libel law against a foreign website to prevent people from even discussing their actions!

The House of Lords has also seen fit to weigh into the debate, as is shown in the Slyck article. Readers might also find the videos of these proceedings of interest — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwKbQVzRHEg.

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