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TBI Abandons Pursuit of Alleged File Sharers
April 9, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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Depending on what side of the debate you're on, the passage of the Digital Economy Bill is either reason to celebrate or kick protest up into high gear. As it appears now, the Digital Economy Bill seems all but certain to become law. Similar in nature to the French Hadopi law, the world waits for the implications of this law to spread online.

The level of protest against this bill has been very vocal, yet it wasn't enough to deter the ascension of this bill. Once signed into law, UK residents face a real possibility of being disconnected for alleged file sharing. But the vocal protests have not been completely in vain. Which? is reporting today that the law firm TBI (Tilly, Bailey and Irvine Solicitors) is pulling out from its pursuit of alleged file sharers.

Interestingly, TBI was surprised at the level of negative publicity leveraged against its activities. According to Which? TBI explained why they were no longer sending letters.

"We have been surprised and disappointed at the amount of adverse publicity that our firm has attracted in relation to this work and the extra time and resources that have been required to deal solely with this issue.

"We are concerned that the adverse publicity could affect other areas of our practice and therefore following discussions with our clients, we have reluctantly agreed that we will cease sending out further letters of claim.

TBI concluded: "We should stress that this decision is based on purely commercial reasons and does not alter our view that our conduct has always complied with the Solicitors Code of Conduct (SCoC)."

That only leaves one law firm in the UK that we know of, ACS: Law, that is still pursuing file sharers.

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