innocents accused of net piracy

Twenty net users have come forward claiming to have been wrongly accused of sharing video games illegally.

This follows an investigation by Which? into a couple who were accused of playing a game they claim they had never heard of.

Now other internet users have come forward, claiming to be falsely accused.

The government is keen to crack down on pirates, and the recently published Digital Britain report said that they could be pursued through the courts.

The accused face the threat of court action and fines of up to £665 for sharing copyrighted games.

6,000 letters have been sent out by law firm ACS Law, on behalf of firms such as Reality Pump and Topware Interactive, who are the copyright owners of video games Two Worlds and Dream Pinball respectively.

The case was dropped and the law firm responsible for sending the letter, Davenport Lyons, is being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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