Automated piracy fines and settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. This week several Dutch Internet users received a letter in the mail, asking them to pay a small "settlement" to avoid worse. However, the Dutch movie company on the letterhead has nothing to do with the campaign, which turns out to be an elaborate scam.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned the Copyright Office that aggressive copyright enforcement policies could stifle innovation, free speech, and other basic human rights. Anti-piracy filters, website blockades, and terminating Internet accounts of repeat copyright infringers, will come at a high cost, the organization says.