Cédric Puisney As we reported last year, a Regensburg-based law firm, Urmann and Colleagues (U+C), began sending out letters to at least 10,000 people across Germany, ordering them to stop viewing videos on the streaming site Redtube.com (NSFW) and pay €250 ($345) to a shady Swiss company called The Archive. That money, the letter stated, would put a stop to future litigation.

This week, the intellectual property dispute appears to have escalated. On Monday, Berlin-based law firm Werdermann published a statement (Google Translate) on its website where it says it has been reaching out to people who have received such letters.

The firm says since last week, it has conducted “more than 1,000 telephone interviews with concerned persons.” Wedermann appears to be leading the charge in defending people who it believes have been wrongly accused of copyright infringement, and the firm is actively soliciting new clients caught up in this situation. 2     

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