Video Protection Alliance Services, LLC / Fraudulent Claims of Copyright Infringement
The Video Protection Alliance, a franchise of Nexicon, tracks down and attempts to force settlements from alleged copyright infringers. Apparently, they circumvent privacy protection laws by using ISPs to forward settlement requests for various copyright holders to alleged infringers.
Video Protection Alliance (VPA) claims to operate for several porn studios. The methods they use are very similar to Getamnesty and Payartists and are designed to get cash payments from illicit file-sharers without the legal burden of finding out who they are.
VPA monitors BitTorrent and other filesharing networks and records the IP-addresses of those people who share the work of their clients. Then an email is automatically sent to the ISP linked to the IP-address with a request to forward it to the associated customer.
The warning letters are similar to those sent by movie and music studios. It should be noted that the emails sent by VPA contain veiled threats of legal action if they don’t choose to settle within 10 days.
However it suggested that these threats are empty and the company operates on tricking the so-called "infringer" into taking the bait and quickly settling via their website, which is streamlined to get a payment from the accused.
The "infringer's" best bet is simply to ignore VPA as they most likely will not pursue legal action and are simply trying to profit off the fears of those being accused. They probably make quite a bit of money luring accused internet users who are quick to pay the seemingly arbitrary settlement fees.