ACS: Law “legal blackmail” stalwart Terence Tsang showed up at his new law firm, Cramer Pelmont, in April this year. Just ten days after Cramer Pelmont revealed it would target file sharers, Tsang has left the building, TechEye learned today.
We’re not sure why he’s left, but what is certain is that he has left. Cramer Pelmont recently confirmed to Which? magazine – which has long been hot on the tail of ACS: Law for its letters to supposed filesharers – that it would be taking on illegal filesharers with the help of former ACS man Terence Tsang.
He joined Cramer Pelmont in April 2010. Thinq reports that Cramer Pelmont would not use ACS’s “speculative invoicing” tactic, but that it would be going after illegal file sharers – a lucrative business if the contracts are there. Despite their whinging, the film and music industries still have deep pockets and they still like to put people in the stocks.
However as recently as the 6th of October, days after Cramer Pelmont partner Dr Alex Brassley said file sharers will be targets, ISP Review reported that Cramer Pelmont’s website said it won’t be working on the Digital Economy Act anymore. And that Terence Tsang’s profile was missing. There’s no news on why Cramer Pelmont ditched its DEB pitch, but we wouldn’t be surprised if its timbers were at least somewhat shivered by the looming threat of an Anonymous DDOS.
Tsang has been widely reported as instrumental in the ACS: Law legal threats. Seems he never got the chance at Cramer Pelmont.
*Update TechEye has spoken to Dr Brassley. He confirms that Cramer Pelmont is no longer working with Tseng but would not comment as to why.
Brassley tells us the reason it has ditched working on the Digital Economy Act is because it is self defeating – file sharers are downloading content because they like it, he says, so to prosecute a potential investor is like shooting yourself in the foot. A model needs to be thought up whereby file sharers are not targeted aggressively, as with ACS:Law’s tactic.
“How can you get to the point where you can protect these industries without behaving like ACS: Law was behaving?” Brassley said to us. We didn’t answer – figuring it was mostly a rhetorical question – but TechEye thinks a sea change is needed in the way the entertainment industries think. Only when the RIAA and all the rest lead the way with progressive alternatives will the legal industries be able to act with measured behaviour.
At least, for now, Cramer Pelmont may have dodged a Payback bullet.