London Law Practice Threatening Letter
Chances are you got here by searching for London Law Practice Threatening Letter, which probably means you’ve been targeted by the London Law Practice Threatening Letter scam. You can see an example of one at the bottom of this post from Ms. Satia Chotai. This threatening letter was sent to a UK company, but the London Law Practice, based in a WeWork shared office space in London’s Queen Street, sends these extortion letters all over the world on behalf of LAPIXA, based in Germany.
Firstly, you’re probably terrified about the contents of this letter – don’t be, it’s not nearly as bad as it seems and you’ve probably done very little wrong, so relax a little and read on – you’ll be glad you did.
You are not, by a long way, the only person to have received one of these scam London Law Practice Threatening Letters – they send out thousands of them every month. If you look closely, apart from your company name, address, reference number, picture in question and the amount it’s an extremely generic letter that the London Law Practice churns out in vast volumes on behalf of LAPIXA. It’s quite the industry at LAPIXA, in fact you could say they pretty much survive on the proceeds of this very dubious practice at this stage. Unlike their counterparts over at Getty Images, LAPIXA doesn’t like to be seen as the agressor here – bad for its image – so it has a raft of specially set up ‘legal firms’ do its dirty work for it. LAPIXA is a very large and successful corporate entity with a fairly recognisable name. It didn’t get to earn the billions it does by being nice to people. Like Getty, and other similar copyright trolls, it recognised very early that individuals’ blogs and small company websites couldn’t afford to pay for images for their sites. With the ease of copying and pasting information on the web, people very often inadvertently use images that LAPIXA claim are belong to it. Now there are people that dispute LAPIXA. Getty & other copyright trolling firm’s claims on this. Some who claim that they put their own images on royalty free image websites just so that people will use them and fall foul of their threatening letters, but let’s ignore that for now, it’s an argument for another day.
London Law Practice Threatening Letter – I’ve got one, what should I do?
First and foremost, don’t panic – you’re not in nearly as much trouble as the London Law Practice would like you to think. This issue is fairly easily solved by someone with the right Intellectual Property (IP) legal experience (don’t go to your own solicitor, unless they specialise in IP law they won’t have a clue what to do, but will still charge you handsomely for the privilege of the visit). It will cost something to sort out, but not nearly as much as the London Law Practice has looked for from you. The London Law Practice and LAPIXA usually aim for sums from €800 to €2,500 and there is a good reason why. It’s enough to make the recipient think that they have a very large problem but not enough that they can justify hiring legal representation. Very clever and devious ploy on the part of the London Law Practice – most people just pay them because they are very abusive and the wording of the letters terrifies the recipients. This is just the reaction that the London Law Practice depends on to keep the LAPIXA Letter scam lining its coffers. In fact, as soon as you contact the London Law Practice (if you do so by phone) the first thing they will do is offer to reduce the amount they claim you owe them by 30% if you agree to pay them immediately. Don’t fall for this nefarious (and borderline illegal) offer. If you truly owed LAPIXA what they claimed there is no way they should be able to offer you such a discount, so even if you did owe it, they were overcharging you in their initial threatening missive.
The first thing to do is to remove the image/s in question, if you can’t do this get your web designer to do so – and do it right away. This is pretty easily achieved. If you use blogging software such as WordPress, you should also remove the file from your Media uploads as LAPIXA will also be able to find it there and claim that you’ve not removed it.
If LAPIXA was operating within the law, as it is supposed to do, its first letter to you should have been what is termed a ‘Cease and Desist’ request, asking you to remove the image from your site. If you complied there’s little or nothing they could do to you. Unfortunately for LAPIXA, this course of action makes no money for the corporate behemoth, hence the invention of offshoots such as the Copyright Trolling letters, which makes the company an awful lot of dubiously earned income.
London Law Practice Threatening Letter – How to Defeat Them
The next step in the process is to click on the link above, it costs just €150 and covers the communication necessary with the London Law Practice (or their debt collection goons to whom they pass the ‘debt’ if they’re getting nowhere). Everything the linked letter does is above board and legal – a number of our clients have used this letter very successfully in the past and we can highly recommend it.
This letter, which was drafted for us by an Intellectual Property legal professional, stops you receiving that incredibly distressing London Law Practice letter. Once initiated, it will arrive on your doorstep with alarming regularity, escalating in threat level each time, unless you take steps to deal with it. By the way, don’t ring the London Law Practice or take calls from them, you do not want any communication with them that is not ‘recordable’ i.e. you want to send any communication to them by recorded post (e.g. registered). If you think the letters are threatening, you should hear a phone call from them, they are infinitely more intimidating.
The letter outlines that you contest the debt in question. It requests that the London Law Practice sends proof of ownership of the images in question (which they likely don’t have), asks for proof of the infringement that will stand up in court (which they also likely don’t have) and it requests a breakdown of the image cost and how the amount they have looked for was calculated (which they almost definitely don’t have).
All this is couched in legal language aimed squarely at informing the London Law Practice that it will get nowhere with its request should it ever reach a courtroom. It will never reach court, because that is the last thing that the London Law Practice wants. It doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. Despite this, you still need to stand up to and respond to the threats to make the London Law Practice understand that you are aware of your legal rights and will not be bullied into enhancing the profit margins of the London Law Practice and LAPIXA.
That’s it, job done.
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