FACT, for those that don't know, is a UK company that actively works against various kinds of piracy on the behalf of the people who own the rights to things. People like Sky, BT, and the like. Copyright trolling, on the other hand, is a system in which a company will send out emails to normal people telling them they've been caught accessing material illegally, and is notorious for demanding money from those people to avoid going to court.
Well now it seems FACT has partnered up with a company with ties to copyright trolls, according to a partnership filing at Companies House made later last year.
According to the filing, which was made on 11th September 2019 and recently spotted by TorrentFreak, FACT has partnered with H&B Administration LLP - a company that has ties to past copyright trolling efforts in the UK. As TorrentFreak points out, it's a strange development considering FACT has generally avoided end users to go after the people who are enabling piracy - IPTV providers, pubs without the right viewing licences, and so on.
H&B claims that the partnership is so the company can provide FACT with an “insured and administrative wrapper” to help mitigate the risk when pirates are being sued. H&B's Robert Croucher, an infamous name in anti-piracy circles, also told TorrentFreak:
“I can say that these type of proceedings [cases against alleged infringers] are to be wrapped with an insurance policy hereon providing a level of risk mitigation to rights holders seeking reparation for damages sought at trial.”
So while it seems sketchy that FACT would get in bed with a company that has ties to copyright trolling, having someone to reduce risks during litigation processes is bound to be be quite useful. Especially since the company wasn't doing so well financially at this point last year.
Here's just hoping that this partnership doesn't see FACT switching its focus away from piracy facilitators and onto people who just downloaded all eight episodes of The Mandalorian or watched a low quality stream of a Premier League game that aired in some random country on a Saturday afternoon.
If you're serious about going after piracy, going after the individuals is a colossal waste of time. But then again, going after the facilitators is a lot more work than sending out threatening emails. [TorrentFreak]