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ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:51 am

Hi guys, I was gondering if you could help me try to put together a "Timeline" regarding ACS:LAW

I have started, but it is one of those things where you just KNOW you are going to miss something important.

So please please help!

Here is what I have done so far. (I want really ALL included SINCE May 2009)
(Some of this was taken from the BeingThreatened dippity thingy)

March 2009: ACS:Law are granted their second batch of data from an NPO.

May 2009: the first accusatory letters from ACS:Law are sent out (including several titles already pursued by DL). ACS:Law formally register with the ICO under the obligations laid down in the DPA more than a week after these letters are sent (and more than 6 months from the first NPO granting them access to private data). Davenport Lyons appear to back out of all previous cases. No further correspondence has been received from DL to date.

Later in May: ACS:Law send out a second batch of letters responding to denials sent to their initial letter. BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' cover the ACS:Law claims, Andrew Crossley sounds hesitant against the challenge of a letter recipient and states that people are under no obligation to pay, in contrast to the nature of the message in the letters.

June 2009: ACS send out letters alleging the making available of pornographic material. One week later a new batch of letters goes out concerning music by popular artists 'Scooter'.

January 26 2010 ACS:LAW and Tilly Bailey Irvine are lambasted in the House of Lords during the Digital Economy Bill Lord Lucas stated “"The cost of defending one of these things is reckoned to be £10,000. You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail."

January 27th/28th 2010 in the name of Media & More GmbH & Co, Tilly Bailey Irvine successfully obtain a court order against ISP BT who, as usual simply roll over and comply, handing over the personal details of their customers to Tilly Bailey Irivine in super-quick time

March 1st . Baroness Howe of Idlicote said that the problem “has to be dealt with and is disgraceful,” adding, “If these firms really are law firms, they are bringing their whole profession into disrepute.”
Lord Clement-Jones said “we learn of new entrants to the hall of infamy, such as Tilly Bailey & Irvine the second law firm which I do not think anybody has mentioned in addition to ACS:Law…………. the activities of these two law firms (ACS:LAW and Tilly Bailey Irvine) and Logistep are an embarrassment to the rest of the creative rights industry.

March 9th Which? Contacts the SRA in connection with Tilly Bailey Irvine breaching Solicitors Code of Conduct

April 1st 2010 Tilly Bailey Irvine contact the SRA to inform them they are withdrawing from sending out any more letters.

April 2nd 2010 Tilly Bailey Irvine are caught vandalizing their entry on Wikipedia, trying to erase all references of their letter writing, and then trying to cut and paste copyrighted material into Wikipedia which had to be removed by the moderator Rlandmann.

July 10th , 2010 Gallant Macmillan are revealed to be joining the fray by sending out letters on behalf of the Ministry of Sound

July 13th One partner and a paralegal leave Gallant Macmillan with no explanation
September 24th 2010 MASSIVE leak of emails by ACS:LAW, exposing many lies and deceits and connections with the other law firms involved. Reported to the Information Commissioners Office and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby ACS Gits » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:39 am

when he sent the first batch of letters out he used another firm's DX number belonging to meriman white and partners. Also when he sent out the letters with the porn accusations he left the waver unchanged so if a minor admitted it they had to sign for adult material.

EDIT: Don't forget to add the copyright infringements that he broke with regards to his website.
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby ACS:LOL » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:23 am

This should help you out a bit when it comes to September/October 2010, there's loads of links all over the article to things going on around the time of the leak and the month afterwards: http://acslaw.blogspot.com/2011/01/pira ... l#comments

Stuff like ISPs (Plusnet, BT, Sky, Xilo, etc.) finally getting behind consumers, that ACS forbidden music megapack, trying to get the site back online, the repeated DDoS attacks... what a ride!

Hickster, you've done a fine job documenting all of this along the way. A timeline is a great idea.. Let's preserve it forever more and not let history repeat itself. ;)
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby zoomboy » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:33 pm

NPO Before CMW dated 17th February 2010

between MediaCAT and Be, BT, SKY, Entanet, KCOM, Plusnet, Telefonica O2, Thus, Zen

Application dated 21st Jan 2010
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby bpaw » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:31 pm

NPO Before CMW dated 7th July 2010.

between MediaCAT and Be, BT, SKY, Plusnet, Telefonica, Zen.

Application dated 17th May 2010.

Having:
AND UPON reading the written evidence relating to this application and it appearing that there is a prima facie case that each of the subscribers associated with the IP addresses listed in the Schedule to this Order have copied the Applicant’s work(s) on to his or her personal or office computer (the “Work(s)”) without the Applicant’s permission for the purpose of making it available via file sharing websites for third parties to download, which may give rise to a claim for copyright infringement;


Subscriber = Infringer? :roll:
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:05 pm

Thanks guys, keep it comming, I will will start to update soon and repost for you to see the update, will that work?
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Renegade » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:30 pm

Some of the NPOs, pretty sure this is not all of them:
Date of hearing - Law firm - Judge - Client
01 Feb 2007 - Davenport Lyons - Judge Behrens - Topware Interactive
22 Nov 2007 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Reality Pump
30 May 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Atari
30 Jun 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect
12 Nov 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect?
19 Nov 2009 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - MediaCAT
19 Nov 2009 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect
27 Jan 2010 - Tilly Bailey Irvine - Justice Warren - Media & More GMBH
17 Feb 2010 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - MediaCAT
07 Jul 2010 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten? - MediaCAT

?? ??? ???? - Gallant Macmillan - ? ? ? - Ministry of Sound

Hicks, no user can create a new thread in the ACS:Law/UK Filesharing Allegations/Lawsuit Discussion forum. You can however update the first post of this thread or post a new post within the thread. If you want to make a new thread give me or Fred a shout, but probably best just to update the first post if it all relates to the timeline (since that is one subject!)
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:51 pm

Thanks Ren

I realise that I cant create a NEW thread, that is fine, I will spend a few days looking for stuff and suing the stuff posted here. What I meant was to update what I have already posted on the first post of this thread.

Thanks for that info BTW very useful, I had started to look for those dates. I am primarily trying to do the timeline from May 2009, that is when I first became aware of ACS:LAW, of course their is no reason why the timeline cant be extended back although that is NOT my personal intention at the present time. The timeline of course is ALL of ours!
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Renegade » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:58 am

I think it should go back to the start of the scheme in the UK. Though you don't need to research before May 09 if you don't want to, it is worth having the older info too if people find it and date it.

I'd suggest avoiding referring to developments abroad on the timeline, or if you do, make it clear they are seperate from the usual timeline. Potentially could also colour code entry and exits.. i.e. DL in green, ACS in orange, TBI in blue and GM in purple, showing them suddenly stopping at random points on the timeline when they have enough!

Might be worth trying to organise reading x number of posts per day, split between y people or something, the timeline could probably be mostly reconstructed from the thread.

Thanks for your efforts anyway Hicks :)
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:09 am

Great ideas Ren, I think it is dawning on me that "Good ideas" arent always easy ones! I have had a few things crop up which has kind of sidetracked me. I WILL get on with that though, of course most of the info will be on the Thread!
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby samanthaj » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:07 am

Renegade wrote:Some of the NPOs, pretty sure this is not all of them:
Date of hearing - Law firm - Judge - Client
01 Feb 2007 - Davenport Lyons - Judge Behrens - Topware Interactive
22 Nov 2007 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Reality Pump
30 May 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Atari
30 Jun 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect
12 Nov 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect?
19 Nov 2009 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - MediaCAT
19 Nov 2009 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - Digiprotect
27 Jan 2010 - Tilly Bailey Irvine - Justice Warren - Media & More GMBH
17 Feb 2010 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten - MediaCAT
07 Jul 2010 - ACS:Law - Chief Master Winegarten? - MediaCAT

?? ??? ???? - Gallant Macmillan - ? ? ? - Ministry of Sound

snip...



I think there was also a Digiprotect one which was supposed to be May 09 and then was delayed until June 09 which is when Virgin started to contest.
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:41 pm

Thanks guys...so Far

Here is the UPDATED TIMELINE .....Pleae take a look and see what you think so far. Sorry it has been a little bit tasking as Life sometimes gets in the way of our plans!

It is amazing looking back how a number of days a few things happened together! (Hit Spoiler to View Post)

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12th Nov 2008 - Davenport Lyons - Chief Master Winegarten – Digiprotect (Used as the First NPO for ACS:LAW)

5th December 2008 BBC Article regarding Porn letters from Davenport Lyons

8th December 2008 BBC Watchdog covers the Story of Davenport lyons

March 2009: ACS:Law are granted their second batch of data from an NPO.

May 2009: The first accusatory letters from ACS:Law are sent out (including several titles already pursued by DL). ACS:Law formally register with the ICO under the obligations laid down in the DPA more than a week after these letters are sent (and more than 6 months from the first NPO granting them access to private data). Davenport Lyons appear to back out of all previous cases. No further correspondence has been received from DL to date.

8th May 2009:
Torrentfreak article new-anti-piracy-lawyers-chase-uk-file-sharers
Lawdit piece regarding ACS:LAW
Zuxxez Confirms ACS:LAW and Davenport are authorised by them

11th May 2009 ICO confirms that ACS:LAW are NOT registered Under the DPA

13th May 2009
Beingscammed Website is announced
First complaints sent to the SRA by letter recipients

26th May “Beingscammed” Website taken down by ACS:LAW
“Beingthreatened” and “ACS_LAW_SCAMMERS”(What becomes ACS:BORE) replace it within hours

ACS:Law send out a second batch of letters responding to denials sent to their initial letter. BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' cover the ACS:Law claims, Andrew Crossley sounds hesitant against the challenge of a letter recipient and states that people are under no obligation to pay, in contrast to the nature of the message in the letters.

June 1st ACS:LAW Partner Nicola Beale leaves

June 2009: ACS send out letters alleging the making available of pornographic material. One week later a new batch of letters goes out concerning music by popular artists 'Scooter'.

January 26th 2010 ACS:LAW are lambasted in the House of Lords during the Digital Economy Bill Lord Lucas stated:
"The cost of defending one of these things is reckoned to be £10,000. You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail."

January 27th 2010 In the name of Media & More GmbH & Co, Tilly Bailey Irvine successfully obtain another court order against ISP BT who, as usual simply roll over and comply, handing over the personal details of their customers to Tilly Bailey Irivine in super-quick time

March 1st . Baroness Howe of Idlicote said that the problem “has to be dealt with and is disgraceful,” adding, “If these firms really are law firms, they are bringing their whole profession into disrepute.”
Lord Clement-Jones said “we learn of new entrants to the hall of infamy, such as Tilly Bailey & Irvine the second law firm which I do not think anybody has mentioned in addition to ACS:Law…………. the activities of these two law firms (ACS:LAW and Tilly Bailey Irvine) and Logistep are an embarrassment to the rest of the creative rights industry.

March 9th 2010 Which? Contacts the SRA in connection with Tilly Bailey Irvine breaching Solicitors Code of Conduct

March 21st Slyck Boss (Thomas Mennecke) posts a News item revealing that ACS:LAW has threatened the Slyck Forums with legal action, citing amongst other posts:
"ACS Flaw translates an ACS article, says ACS are "not the best at getting things right", and describes the ACS 5 Point Plan as AC's "wank plan"

- "Hickster calls TT a "wanker"." (Editor's note: "TT" refers to Terence Tsang, employee of ACS:Law.)

April 1st 2010 Tilly Bailey Irvine contact the SRA to inform them they are withdrawing from sending out any more letters.

April 2nd 2010 Tilly Bailey Irvine are caught vandalizing their entry on Wikipedia, trying to erase all references of their letter writing, and then trying to cut and paste copyrighted material into Wikipedia which had to be removed by the moderator Rlandmann.

May 7th 2010 noted that Terence Tsang is a Typosquatter targeting Morgan Stanley Bank amongst others

July 10th , 2010 Gallant Macmillan are revealed to be joining the fray by sending out letters on behalf of the Ministry of Sound

July 10th Tilly Bailey Irvine Threaten Wordpress with a view to legal action unless they remove a picture from the ACS:BORE Blog. The picture they say is “defamatory and containing no truth, being misleading and false”

July 13th One partner and a paralegal leave Gallant Macmillan with no explanation

September 24th 2010 MASSIVE leak of emails by ACS:LAW, exposing many lies and deceits and connections with the other law firms involved revealed by Slyck. Reported to the Information Commissioners Office and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby SteveOh » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:14 am

How about a 'graphic' version of the Timeline ....

http://www.dipity.com/
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby SteveOh » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:09 am

Hi .. started the 'graphic' version from the info above .. needs checking though, and loads of gaps need filling in ..

http://www.dipity.com/ykywi/Speculative-Invoicing/
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby Hickster » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:02 am

SteveOh wrote:Hi .. started the 'graphic' version from the info above .. needs checking though, and loads of gaps need filling in ..

http://www.dipity.com/ykywi/Speculative-Invoicing/


Excellent, thanks for athat SteveOH, I am continuing as and when I can, but events happening so quick at the moment, it is hard to find a moment, I WILL do this though!
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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby bpaw » Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:56 pm

What we all were waiting for.

A justification of Hicksters determination and superb, monumental effort by being Andrew Crossleys & Terence Tsangs nemeses.

Hats off to Thomas Mennecke for his breaking news article:
http://www.slyck.com/story2166_Prelimin ... y_Tribunal

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Re: ACS:LAW "Timeline of SHAME"

Postby bpaw » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:42 pm

More shame for Andrew J Crossley, we hope!

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