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File sharing: Fareds sends warning letters abroad

The infamous German law firm, Fareds, has recently sent a file sharing warning letter to a foreign internet user.  The warning letter alleges that the film Dallas Buyers Club was illegally down and uploaded.

File sharing: Fareds sends warning letters abroad © Benjamin-Duda-Fotolia

File sharing: Fareds sends warning letters abroad © Benjamin-Duda-Fotolia

File sharing – Dallas Buyers Club

The German law firm, Fareds, has recently been sending file sharing warning letters accusing internet owners of violating German copyright law by exchanging the film Dallas Buyers Club on file sharing websites.

Although file sharing warning letters are nothing unusual in Germany, a new strategy developed by Fareds here is to send a warning letter abroad. In this case, a warning letter has been sent to Sweden.

Foreign internet user

The law firm had originally contacted the internet connection owner who claimed that the copyright infringement had been conducted by a person who was from Sweden but staying in Germany at the time. As a result, Fareds sent a warning letter directly to the supposed perpetrator in Sweden.

Fareds makes and offer to settle the matter out of court upon payment of €1200 and following submission of an undertaking to cease and desist.

Consequences

Such a case would no doubt hit the recipient very hard. The deadline given for submitting the undertaking to cease and desist is usually very short and would hardly give the recipient sufficient time to have the warning letter translated and understand the demands.

It should be noted that an undertaking to cease and desist should never be submitted without first having the facts assessed by a legal expert. For more information, call our team of lawyers at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE.

Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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