What To Do If You Receive A Porn Settlement Demand Letter

In this video, Minnesota attorney Aaron Hall gives an overview of the typical copyright infringement demand letter, and describes how he typically handles copyright infringement settlements.

Video Transcript:

Recently I’ve been getting a call about once a week from people who have received a settlement demand letter from a copyright holder. Typically it’s the owner of a pornographic movie copyright, stating that the person has downloaded illegally, a pornographic movie using bit-torrent or some other torrent software, and they can settle the claim by paying a certain amount of money. Often as much as five thousand dollars per download, to the copyright holder.

Traditionally, a lot of these cases have been thrown out of the court. But, the copyright holders have learned, and the attorneys representing them are now often bringing those cases (to court). Some of my clients have said “I’m willing to risk it. I don’t believe they will sue me.” While others have decided “You know what, I’d like to negotiate this.” Typically when we negotiate it we will get it down to well below three thousand dollars. Typically, about two thousand, we have had it below that, it really depends on the circumstances.

If you have questions about dealing with a cease and desist letter, a demand letter or a settlement letter from one of these copyright holders, feel free to contact us. We charge for one hour of attorney time, to look at the letter and explain to you your options based on your particular circumstances. Typically our fee is two hundred and ninety dollars per hour, and after about forty to fifty minutes you’ll have a pretty good understanding of your legal rights and options. Typically people retain us for another hour to negotiate a settlement.

We already have ongoing relationships with the various attorneys that are bringing these actions. We’ve typically already settled cases with them, so we can cut right to the chase. We don’t have to play the usual games of, you know, offer low and they offer high – bouncing back and forth. Instead I say “hey look, we recently settled this for this amount, let’s set aside the whole negotiation charade, and don’t make me go through all of the defense we have to go through all the time, let’s get to the bottom line here.”

Many times it’s executives and high-level people who want to settle this. They want to keep it anonymous and confidential. And that’s the good news about this. Once you pay, we analyze the settlement agreement to make sure that they can never go after you again for this activity. And that it will remain confidential, and they can never, without breaching the agreement, disclose this to anybody. So your name remains off all the public records, it’s not posted on the internet, and you can move on with life knowing this issue is resolved.