Music Company Ministry of Sound, who sell thousands of Albums in Australia, is set to chase hundreds of music lovers who have illegally downloaded music. The UK Company wants consumers to immediately stump up $700 or they will take consumers to court.Information obtained during recent court cases similar to the iiNet case in Australia has revealed the IP address of hundreds of consumers who have illegally downloaded content.
The Guardian newspaper in the UK said that lawyers acting for Ministry of Sound have recently completed a mail out to thousands individuals it claims infringed Ministry of Sound’s copyright after downloading and sharing music.
Some consumers have already forked out thousands in compensation despite several opinions that the demands are largely unenforceable.
Lawyers in Australia have told SmartHouse that unless a user confesses to the download the chance of obtaining a conviction in an Australian court is “slim”.
The Guardian said that most recipients of the letters have binned them and, to date, avoided any further action.
The letter, being distributed by Ministry of Sound runs to nine pages.