Got an interesting call from a law firm (Loeb & Loeb) representing the MPAA today. They want me to settle out of court and pay $2,500 for some movie I never downloaded (and ironically enough I actually own the DVD). Of course, I declined their settlement offer and told them I would rather let it go to court.
They are TOTALLY extorting money from people because when I told her I would rather let it go to court, she started to get rather huffy…
Her: We are able to get a default judgement against you which will be substantially more than $2,500.
Her: I will let them know to go ahead and file a federal lawsuit against you.
Me: Okay, sounds good.
If you *really* think you have a case against me, why are you “letting me off” for $2,500? You can make much more with a court ruling.
Someone has to stand up to these clowns… their scare tactics make them sounds pretty foolish IMO. First of all, I would rather spend $100,000 and not pay them $2,500 than to just give them $2,500 (it’s about the principle).
Secondly, it should be interesting to see how they are able to get a default judgement against me. I would have to fail to appear in court after receiving a summons. As long as I actually GET a summons, I will be there. Even if they go the route of Winn and Sims (filing a proof of service that never happened), it can be reversed once I find out about it.