Cases

We have decided to list 5 successful cases per month to give you a better idea, where the settlement experts can help and to see if your case can be solved with a more favourable outcome as well. Some data has been blacked out due to data protection.

2020

April

Today I received a warning from the law firm Waldorf-Frommer regarding file sharing of a film from LEONINE Distribution GmbH. The law firm demands the payment of a total of 915 € (700 € damages plus 215 legal costs), payable by blackout. at the latest, as well as the submission of a specified declaration of discontinuance. I have been living in Germany for 4 years and I have downloaded a film with a torrent program. I did not know that this is illegal here in Germany. At first it was never my intention to do business with it. I hope you can help me in this case, because I am not able to pay the claimed amount within this time frame.

I have received a warning from the law firm Waldorf Frommer for copyright infringement, on behalf of Studiocanal GmbH Berlin. Via my internet connection a filesharing program was used to download the film “John Wick” for 32 seconds (!). My 17-year-old son wanted to download the film via an app, but that didn’t work out at all.

I have received a warning from Waldorf Frommer. I have moved to Germany quite recently and I wanted to continue to watch a show that I can not watch here since since almost channels are in German. Also there is no streaming service (like Netflix) where I can watch it either. So I downloaded it but at that time I didn’t know that it was illegal. It’s the first time that something like this happened to me. It was never my intention to incur in an illegal act.

 

I would like guidance in the matters. Researching on internet I found your page which has good recommendations. Any assistance is truly appreciated.

I found a warning letter from the law firm Waldorf Frommer about copyright infringement (file sharing) in my mail. Content of 12 seconds of the film “The last full measure” was said to be distributed via my internet connection with a filesharing program. I therefore need your help to deal with this warning appropriately.

I have received a warning from the law firm Waldorf Frommer about copyright infringement for the download of the film “Contagion”. They are claiming 700€ damages and 215€ for legal costs. At the same time I am requested to sign a cease and desist declaration.

 

Please let me know if there is anything you can do to significantly reduce the total amount. Please note that the download has been done effectively.

March

Today, after returning from vacation, I received a warning letter in my mailbox from WALDORF FROMMER about copyright infringement. I am accused of having illegally offered a film for 14 seconds (!) via my Internet connection. I am now to pay 915 EUR and sign a cease and desist declaration (which, according to Internet research, makes me very vulnerable for all time.) Deadline for cease and desist declaration is blackout., for payment: blackout..

Facts: my family, parents and parents-in-law have access to my connection, there is a 4-year-old child in the house, occasionally our guests also get access to the WLAN. I haven’t downloaded or uploaded anything because we use Netflix and Amazone Prime and have no need for any file sharing. I cannot exclude that the child has tapped on something colourful via touchscreen for a short moment when we were distracted for a moment. I doubt that 915 EUR should be charged for this.

It would be important to me to get help which is on time, avoids extremely unfavourable cease and desist declarations and handles this unfair sum reasonably.

Documents attached.

Thanks in advance.

Today I received a warning letter from the law firm Waldorf Frommer about file sharing of a film from Warner Bros.

The law firm demands the payment of a total of 915 € (700 € damages plus 215 legal costs), payable by blackout.. at the latest, as well as the submission of a specified cease and desist declaration by blackout..

The deadlines seem unreasonably short to me and I find the amount of money rather steep. Furthermore, the cease-and-desist declaration does not specify a maximum amount of the contractual penalty, but only states “… The amount of the contractual penalty will be determined by Warner Bros. Entertainment lnc. at its reasonable discretion and can be reviewed by the responsible regional court in case of dispute.”

It would be nice if the amount of damages could be reduced. I also do not have a good feeling about the rather vague wording of the contractual penalty in the cease and desist declaration.

You are recommended on some sites on Internet for advice and problem solving in warning cases with the law firm Waldorf-Frommer .

I have received a warning notice about the Stremio APP.

The reason is that I installed the program “Stremio” for Linux as recommended by a computer magazine. With this program it is possible to access media libraries. Here you can find a small selection of movies/series etc. There is also the possibility to install additional add-ons. What I have unfortunately also done. Since most of the add-ons were labelled as torrent, I decided to use Popcorn, since there was no reference to torrent or file sharing.

When selecting a movie, it says either not yet available or “free”. The film that was warned by the law firm Waldorf-Frommer was and is still available as “free”. It was not possible for me to realize  it was streaming via torrent or film sharing. Therefore, I have assumed that this offer is legal.

I only found out about the fact that it was offered illegally through the warning notice by the law firm Waldorf-Frommer.

The question is, how should I handle in this case?

Especially about the cease-and-desist declaration and the very short deadlines. Will you negotiate these with the other party or do I have to take care myself of the modified cease-and-desist declaration in due time?

I received a warning notice of 962,39 Euro from IPPC Law for downloading a film. I assume that I have indeed seen a film online, but I did not deliberately make it available for upload.

Unfortunately, the deadline is today. But I saw the letter only yesterday because I isolated myself at home because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. So I urgently need your help to reach an agreement with better conditions.

I cannot check the details which stated in the warning notice myself as I have no file saved.  E.g. I cannot confirm the title of the film, the exact time (no duration was given) and even the IP address. Therefore, I would possibly not sign a cease and desist declaration.

I find the costs very high and the deadline too short. I’m still in the probation at my job and can’t be sure if I will keep my job in this difficult time. And then I have to face a fine of about 1000 Euros. I understand that the company would like compensation, but perhaps an agreement can be reached for a smaller amount.

I am not from Germany and do not speak German well enough to understand legal texts. Therefore, I turn to you to negotiate an agreement for me.

Dear Sirs and Madams,

 

Here is the short summary of what has happened:

– Warning letter for file sharing received from Waldorf Frommer

– The letter was sent to the address of my daughter (same surname)

– DSL connection is available in my daughter’s apartment in Berlin at the given address

– I am the one who ordered the DSL connection and pay the fee to support my daughter during her studies

– An acquaintance did not consider the film to be prohibited file sharing and started it

– I myself was at my place of work

– I do not live in Berlin but in Potsdam

 

Many thanks in advance.

With kind regards,

February

The warning comes from the law firm Waldorf Frommer, Warning due to copyright infringement.

The accused copyright infringement came through the use of an app (PopcornTime) which my son (13 years old) installed and used on his smartphone without my knowledge.

I do not want to sign the cease and desist declaration demanded by Waldorf and Frommer in this form without further ado. Can you help me to modify the cease-and-desist declaration? I also question the amount of damages (700 Euro). Does it make sense to negotiate with Waldorf and Frommer on this matter by an out-of-court settlement? What is your experience.

Dear Sir or Madam

My grandma, who lives alone and has nothing to do with computers and of course does not own one, received a letter from Waldorf Frommer out of nowhere. Allegedly a film was distributed with the connection for a few seconds. Now over 600€ are demanded.

This is clearly a mistake, because the router is only connected to the TV and a few mobile phones and there is no one else living in the household apart from my grandma.

It is important to mention that the connection is still registered to the deceased grandfather and has not yet been re-registered. I hope one can find a quick solution here.

I have received a warning letter from WALDORF FROMMER on behalf of TOBIS Film GmbH. It concerns file sharing of the film The Peanut Butter Falcon, which is said to have been offered on the Internet for only 19 seconds from our connection. As the owner of the connection I am now supposed to pay 915€ for this.

Hello,
my name is blackout., from Spain.
I downloaded a movie, in Germany using a torrent program. I did not know that it was ilegal here in Germanay (In Spain is allowed if you do not make business with this material, onle selfconsuption). First of all I my intention was never make business with this.
Im living in a rent flat and the owner received from Waldorf Frommer a Warning letter.
one of these problems is that I received this letter from my flat´s owner a few days ago, after the payment deadline.
I must say that the apartment’s owner is not the responsible of this.
Please, how can we solve this problem?

Dear Sirs and Madams,

 

Here is the short summary of what has happened:

– Warning letter for file sharing received from Waldorf Frommer

– The letter was sent to the address of my daughter (same surname)

– DSL connection is available in my daughter’s apartment in Berlin at the given address

– I am the one who ordered the DSL connection and pay the fee to support my daughter during her studies

– An acquaintance did not consider the film to be prohibited file sharing and started it

– I myself was at my place of work

– I do not live in Berlin but in Potsdam

 

Many thanks in advance.

With kind regards,

January

in 2012 I received a copyright infringement notice from the law firm Waldorf Frommer because I allegedly downloaded a film from Universum Film GmbH via my IP address, which I did not do. I live in a shared apartment where several people use the internet connection. At that time, I had all claims rejected by a lawyer. Waldorf Frommer announced the initiation of legal proceedings on April 2, 2015, but they did not take place.

In mid-December 2019 I received a default summons from the local court in Coburg, against which I lodged an objection in a timely manner. In a telephone conversation with my lawyer at the time, he informed me that the counselling assistance was no longer effective and that I should independently try to reach an out-of-court settlement. However, I have only limited confidence in this and would therefore like to use your services. I am aware that an earlier attempt to reach an agreement could have been more successful, but I wanted to leave no stone unturned in my efforts to reject the claims in full.

I am a student and currently have no income.

I received a warning letter from the law firm Waldorf Frommer for copyright infringement.

On the day of the alleged offence there was a family celebration (where everyone had access to the internet), so it is not possible to determine who and whether this offence was committed at all. There were several children and young people present who could have done this without anyone noticing, so it is not traceable. However, this seems unlikely, since everyone in the family has access to Netflix and co.

I have already received a notice from Frommer in 2011 about a film. With a modified cease-and-desist agreement the matter was settled. Now they’re taking the case out of the drawer again. First just an info letter / warning letter (at least that’s how I interpreted it and therefore ignored it) and I’m supposed to pay 700€, which of course I didn’t do.

But now came a default summons  from the court with 1135€. How to proceed further? That was 9 years ago and I am not even sure if the accusation was correct. Besides, I lived in a shared flat

Can we settle and we can end this for a smaller amount for good? Or do you think the allegation is so weak that it’s safe to win with a lawyer?

Today I have received the statement of claim from the district court of Munich, (substantiation of claim Waldorf Frommer). Unfortunately I have just now found your website, so I wanted to ask whether it is now too late to turn to the settlement professionals?

On 17.01.2020, I received a warning letter from the law firm “Waldorf & Frommer” for copyright infringement. This concerns the transmission of a cinema film via torrent client (P2P) over a period of almost 7 minutes. These facts are true. Can you still help me before I pay the fine and sign the cease and desist declaration? Possibly via a settlement, as the claim is really very high and the payment term is very short?

2019

December

I have received an infringement letter from law firm Waldorf&Frommer. My deadline for submitting the cease&desist letter is on 22 November. I have watched the film “John Wick: Chapter Two” over the streaming portal Popcorntime, it was not clear to me, that in the background a filesharing system was running. I would like to accept the offer for a consultancy to act accordingly in this case. For me an out-of-court settlement would be my goal.

Is it necessary to submit a modified cease&desist letter? If yes, how should it look like? Thank you very much for your help in advance.

As you can see in the appended document I have received an infringement letter for filesharing (which I have not committed).

I would be very happy with consultancy over e-mail or a WhatsApp call. I am only available via online means since I am currently in South Asia (which is also the reasons for the late message)

So far I have not established contact with Waldorf Frommer.

Hello,

On Monday 25 November an infringement letter from law firm Waldorf Frommer was received per post.

Based on the written there was a movie being watched over our WiFi connection. As you can see in the appendix it was the film Shazam. Waldorf Frommer shows in the document that the film was shared and uploaded for 2 days over our IP Address.

 

What I can definitely confirm is, that the film Shazam was not shared or downloaded from our household.

There are following circumstances.

My husband and myself are not experienced with such software, irrelevant from the fact, that we are not the target group for such a film.

My son that lives in the same house in the apartment above us also did not know the film.

We have a commercial building and share our WiFi password to a very narrow circle of people. This is necessary for business reasons.

In addition to that several relatives and acquaintances were visiting from abroad on the day of the infringement.

The WiFi is shared in 2 buildings.

Our WiFi is also not powerful enough to download or share such films. The transfer would last a long time due to the very slow internet connection. From the document it is understandable that the times were late in the evening and very early in the morning and lasted 1 minute every time.

A transfer of a film in such a short time period is therefore impossible due to the stated reasons.

We are certain that at the listed times no family member was using the internet.

Law firm: Waldorf – Frommer

Infringement letter for 1 film (Joker by Warner Brothers). I should pay 915€ until blackout.2019

I have received a letter from Waldorf Frommer in which I am made liable for download of a film. That is not the case and probably it will be linked to an open guest WiFi which was set up as default on the Router.

November

I have received an infringement letter from the law firm .rka Rechtsanwälte.

It is about the upload of copyright protected software (Computer game: “Metro Exodus”)

In 2012 I received the first infringement letter from law firm Fareds. After that I have submitted a modified cease and desist letter. Now the law firm is threatening me with a law suit. I am of course not prepared to accept the claim and to pay. According to my knowledge, as a so called “violator” I cannot be made liable.

Yesterday I have received the appended letter. The original infringement letter I cannot find, it was probably from 2010.

Back then I have submitted a modified cease&desist letter and have not paid. What can I do?

Walldorf und Frommer infringement letter for Warner Bros.Entertainment Inc.

Today (2 November 2019) I have received a court order for 801,99€ and I would like to have legal consultation.

The original claim is from blackout.2016 and I have responded by submitting a modified cease&desist letter and

How may I best proceed?

October

I have received an infringement letter from the law firm Waldorf und Frommer. After consulting my legal insurance, which will not take my case, I was advised in a consultation, that I should first send a modified case&desist letter with explanation, that it is not clear to me who has done this.

In the meantime, it was found out that a guest that was a minor has tried on that day to watch a movie through the onlineportal Popcorn.

After the transfer of the letter and modified cease&desist letter I have again received the post from Waldorf and Frommer with a deadline of blackout to make the payment in the amount of 915€ or pay it in rates of 50€/month.

I have received an infringement letter from Waldorf Frommer law firm. Two latters, dated blackout and blackout that were sent to the address of my brother (blackout c/o blackout), since that is the post address which is listed with my internetprovider blackout.

The internet connection itself is not at this address but in our vacation house in Berlin. Waldorf Frommer has also received the post address from blackout and not the connection address, since they are different. At the address mentioned in the Waldorf Frommer I do not have an internet connection and I also do not live there, therefore it has taken some time that the letters have reached me. I have called Waldorf Frommer on blackout on the phone and informed them of my address in blackout and have yesterday again received the correspondence per post. During this call the deadline was set to blackout.

Furthermore, I can also say that I do now know the film “John Wick: Chapter 3” at all and also do not have any file-sharing software on my notebook.

Since the connection is located in a vacation home, which is also used by others, I cannot say with a 100% certainty that the infringement did not occur from my internet connection or if third parties gained access to my internet connection without approval.

If and how this goes is beyond my technical understanding.

Since I am not guilty I am hoping you might help me to close this case.

Waldorf Frommer, for film Godzilla from Warner Bross.

I received an infringement letter from Waldorf Frommer from Munich. I should send a signed cease&desist letter with penalty before blackout as well as compensate high claim of 915€ by blackout. The letter is for an illegal download of the film “John Wick: Chapter 3” in the internet over my internet connection.

Is a reduction of the amount possible?

I have received an infringement letter from Waldorf Frommer. The download of the film was not done by me, it was an acquaintance from abroad that was visiting and has used my WiFi connection.

I have read the letter too late since I was on vacation until blackout October 2019. The deadline for the cease&desist letter has expired on blackout and the amount of 915€ must be paid until blackout October. I do not want to sign a cease and desist letter for an infringement that I have not committed.

September

I have received an infringement letter and would ask to check and achieve a better settlement with the law firm. I have appended the letter (most important 3 sides) as pdf. If you need more information you may also call me.

I have received an infringement letter from the .rka law firm, since over half a year ago I downloaded a computer game with a filesharing program.

I have seen the letter too late and the deadline on blackout at 18 o´clock is already overdue.

I do not know if anything can be done in such as short time.

Hello. The letter dated blackout from Fareds Rechtsanwald – license damages claim. I have received a letter with a claim of 270,20€ from 2013, I do not know anymore I received anything at that time. It would be nice if you can look at it. The legal fees should be expired due to my research and should not be payable!! Please check and I am looking for your answer.

Infringement letter due to infringement on blackout download of “Nymphomanic 2” on blackout Time blackout to blackout, I am appending the court blackout decision from blackout (same day!)

I have received an infringement letter from Waldorf Frommer, that I should pay 915€.

August

Hi, I have received the first infringement letter from Waldorf Frommer in blackout.

At that time I have signed the cease&desist letter and sent it. After a telephone call with a lawyer I was advised to not pay and should not react to further letters. I have also done exactly that. I was advised to only react if a letter came from court. Exactly that happened and the claim was submitted to court. On blackout I received a claim letter from the court blackout. The claim is 1.132,46€.

I have received an infringement letter from the law firm Waldorf Frommer. The law firm claims I have made the film “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” available to other users (file sharing) via my computer.

From Waldorf – Frommer Rechtanwalte. Supposed illegal download of the movie Hellboy. I already questioned my kids, but no one is assuming the download.

I would like to have your services to set an agreement between the parts but for a fairer amount than the almost 1000 Euros they want. At the moment I am unemployed and receiving ALG II.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc – Waldorf Frommer. Reason: copyrighted materials shared illegally and for free in internet. Film: Detective Pikachu

I have received an infringement letter from the law firm Waldorf & Frommer. In this case it is about a download of a movie via BitTorrent. Based on the short deadlines I kindly ask you for for a reply on blackout if you can take this case on such a short notice.

July

I have already received an infringement letter from the law firm Waldorf & Frommer in 2016 for the sharing of the film 300:Rise of an empire.

That referred to a period (from blackout until blackout) where we were in the  blackout (from blackout until blackout). Our sons, then 19 years old, had a key to the apartment. The thing is already at court blackout, I have already submitted my defense.

The infringement letter for the movie blackout ist completely true. It came from Waldorf Frommer. The Filesharing program was running for a week in the background on my laptop. This also means, that I was logged into a total of 3 networks. In both private households (where I am not the owner of the connection) appropriate letters, 915€ each, have already been received. In blackout it will probably arrive in the coming weeks if they will also receive a letter. Momentarily we are talking about 3 claims, each 915€, total 2.745€.

Waldorf + Frommer, infringement in sharing markets, for a TV series from Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH, estimated claim value is 566,90€.

Today on blackout I have received an infringement letter from IPPC LAW by post. It is for the filesharing via BitTorrent of a porno film at blackout.

The letter includes a cease&desist letter and an offer for an out-of-court settlement in the amount of 962,39€.

The deadline for the cease&desist letter ends on blackout and the deadline for the transfer of the claim amount on blackout.

I hope you can help me in this case, as momentarily I am not able to pay the required amount in this short period of time.

Hello, I have received an infringement letter on blackout from court blackout. In this the law firm Waldorf und Frommer defines the main claims:

Compensation of damages in accordinace with the letter from blackout 1.000€.

With the legal costs and interest the total amount is 1.132,81€.

The applicant is Constantin Film Verleih GmbH

File sharing programs

The following “file-sharing programs” are usually used for downloading

Popcorn
BitTorrent
and other torrent clinets and websites that use torrents in the background
Companies

The following companies are the owners of the copyrights and commission

Tele München Fernseh GmbH + Co Produktionsgesellschaft
Constantin Film Verleih GmbH
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
Universum Film GmbH
Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
HN Medien GmbH (ehem. Oktano GmbH)
Koch Media GmbH
Sv Werder Bremen
Techland Sp. Z.o.o.
MG Premium Ltd.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Germany GmbH
Majestic Filmverleih GmbH
Lawyers and law firms

The following law firms send most warnings to customers of abmahnugshilfe.de

Rechtsanwältin, Sonja Schäffler
Yussof Sarwari Rechtsanwalt
rka Rechtsanwälte
Waldorf Frommer
Fareds Rechtsanwalt
IPPC LAW (RA Daniel Sebastian)
Kanzlei Sawari
Nimrod Rechtsanwälte
Work

The following works, TV episodes or games are currently being warned very often

The Flash - Flashpoint, TV-Folge
Swamp Thing - Drive All Night
Doom Patrol - Jane Patrol
Luzifer
Metro Exodus
Dying Light
Euro Truck Simulator 2
John Wick 2
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
John Wick 3
Plan B für die Liebe
The Light between the Ocean
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Godzilla
Eclipse - Biss zum Abendbrot
New Mood - Biss zur Mittagsstunde
Twilight - Biss zum Morgengrauen
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Pokémon Meisterdetektiv Pickachu)
Hellboy (Hellboy Call of Darkness)
I Am Mother
Shaft (Son of Shaft)
The Hateful Eight (The Hateful 8)
Godzilla: King of the monsters
Nymphomaniac 2
Shazam!
The LEGO Movie 2: The Secound Part (The Lego Movie 2)
The Curse of La Llorona (Lloronas Fluch)
Bring Me The Manager
Step Up 3D
Isn´t it Romantic!
Vice - der Zweite Mann
Fack ju Göhte.
A Family Affair: The Reunion Part 3
The BFG (BFG Big Friendly Giant)
300:Rise of an Empire
Replicas, Film
Hacksaw Ridge

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