Davenport Lyons, the law firm that has been behind letters to UK broadband users accusing them of copyright theft is now being chased by UK consumer group Which?. A complaint has been raised with the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority) by Which? on behalf of innocent consumers as it believes that Davenport Lyons have been "bullying" and "excessive" when demanding money.
Davenport Lyons have been sending out letters on behalf of clients such as Atari (who have now severed ties with the firm) and the porn industry demanding £500 on behalf of rights holders or further action will be taken in court. Some people believed to be innocent of downloading the copyrighted material have paid up to stop the threatening letters, with one user even cancelling his broadband connection after his claims of innocence were ignored.
"We think the SRA needs to take urgent action against Davenport Lyons. In the current financial climate, we expect an increase in the action that companies may want to take against individuals."Deborah Prince, (head of legal affairs) Which?