Will Demise Of ACS:Law & MediaCAT Bolster Fight Againt Piracy?

The fact that both ACS:Law and MediaCAT have given up on chasing illegal filesharers could be seen as a victory for the hundreds of thousands who choose to download content without paying the copyright holders.

As controversial as the means, Andrew Crossley, the lead solicitor at ACS:Law, used to achieve his goals could be, it is likely that another legal entity will emerge to continue the battle.

Whoever steps in will need to be smarter than ACS:Law in order to avoid the media & online backlash that portrayed them as "predatory abusers" of the British legal system, the equivalent of school ground bullies.

ACS:Law's demise shows that a private sector led solution to the issue of piracy will face some serious obstacles because of the perception that the crusade against copyright infringement is motivated by profits not by law.

All this is happening with the recent call by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, for to review the Digital Economy Act, in the backdrop, with special attention to block websites that infringe on copyright.

According to the Independent, Ofcom, the telecommunications watchdog, is putting the last touches for the DEA's "mass notification system" which will send cease-and-desist letters to those illegally sharing content through file-sharing.

This could see hundreds of thousands of letters sent to suspected freeloaders based in the UK, something which would dwarf ACS:Law's endeavours.