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File-sharers convicted in Iceland

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Mar 2008 18:29 User comments (4)

File-sharers convicted in Iceland Nine file-sharers in Iceland have been convicted of Internet piracy offenses for sharing movies using the DC++ software. Eight of the nine defendants received two years probation, while the ninth defendant who was singled out, Bjarki Magnússon, received a 30 day suspended sentence by the Reykjavík District Court.
Magnússon received a different punishment as he had established a portal for DC++ on dci.is. "Since the judgment has ruled in favor of the Icelandic copyright holders, nobody can share now without risking arrest," a reader told The Register.

SMÁÍS chairman Snaebjörn Steingrímsson expressed disappointment at the lenient nature of the punishments handed down by the court. The organization which represents the interests of film rights holders made the complaint that led to the arrest of 12 suspects in 2004.

Computer equipment and many discs were seized during the raids with one of the defendants being caught with 2.5TB of pirated material. The nine sentenced file-sharers now owe legal fees estimated at ISK 2.6 million (US$39,000).

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4 user comments

16.3.2008 20:18

The legal fees were the worst financial punishment.

26.3.2008 20:53

It's true the legal fees are the biggest penalty but let's think about it for a moment - 4 years since the arrests, 9 defendants, $ 39,000 total to pay - I make that around $ 1,250 a year each - can you imagine how much the legal fees would have been if this had happened in the land of the free and democracy the good old USA ? American attorneys would have charged $ 39,000 in the first year alone just for making phone calls.

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36.3.2008 20:56

Originally posted by domie:
It's true the legal fees are the biggest penalty but let's think about it for a moment - 4 years since the arrests, 9 defendants, $ 39,000 total to pay - I make that around $ 1,250 a year each - can you imagine how much the legal fees would have been if this had happened in the land of the free and democracy the good old USA ? American attorneys would have charged $ 39,000 in the first year alone just for making phone calls.
Betcha the phone calls were under a minute and local too!

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47.3.2008 6:56

domie, I agree...if this case would've been in the USA, the attorneys would've probably found a way to bring it into the millions (hopefully, im exaggerating). The sad part about this is, do you think the Artists will see ANY of this money? Now, I'm no lawyer...but I know how full of crap court systems can be.

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