A Danish anti-piracy group has created a storm by sending bills to people who downloaded music, movies and games from file-swapping websites.
AntiPiratGruppen (APG) sent the bills to people whose names it obtained by court order. They included businesses and schools.
The group told The Press Association that it had decided to go for people who used the programs in such a way that they offered illegally copied material to others.
The APG obtained a court order that forced the sites' internet service providers to turn over users' names.
They then sent each user a bill, as well as a settlement offer ranging from about $130 to $13,300 and a demand that they pay by 1 December and delete the content or face a lawsuit.
APG said that 75 people had so far paid up. The 1 December deadline has been pushed back to 9 December amid concerns that the group may have violated Denmark's privacy laws.
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