Know thy enemy : Lessons from the piratebay.org

Pavig Lok's

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The internet it seems is a virtual minefield for intellectual property rights. The problem without condensing an academic mist on the subject is quite simply, enforcement. Though it does not seem to deter an enthusiastic attorney from e-mailing a, “cease and desist” notice to the, “alleged infringer’s”. It does not require the fortitude of Locke, to do a whois search on a website so as to know the probability of enforcement of “potential claims”. If the whois, reveals an inconvenient forum.. Let’s say Russia… where the chances of enforcement may be slim, I believe that attorneys would do themselves a great service, by simply mailing a terse cease and desist letter… More often than not a pirate in such a country knows the protections available to him and the disadvantages placed on the attorney… keep it short.. keep it sweet.. keep it simple… do not threaten with bolts of lighting.. Especially if you are mailing from Zeus & Co. LLP. I have noticed that pirates are an astute bunch, they know legalese for what it really is complex, deliberate, formalised, discourse…