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Piracy release teams sentenced, fined

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Sep 2012 12:39 User comments (6)

Piracy release teams sentenced, fined Five men have been sentenced for their roles as part of the once popular piracy release team CiNEFOX and a group known as Carnage.
CiNEFOX began releasing movies in 2005 but by 2007 they were on top of the hit list for the major studios as well as the anti-piracy group ALPA. In 2007, French authorities began an investigation into the group and later arrested the five in question.

Fast-forward until five years later and the men finally got their time in court. CiNEFOX was accused of releasing 504 films including very early releases of X-Men 3, Jumper, 10,000 BC and Mission Impossible 3. The two Carnage members were accused of releasing 2,014 films but that number was brought down to just 56 due to technical issues.

One of the Carnage members admitted (via TF) that he held an unlimited access theater pass and used this access to record films. He also used equipment for the hearing impaired to capture audio to create telesync copies: "We knew it was illegal but at that moment we did not think about the consequences, it was like a game to us."

None of the team members ever made any money off the illegal activity, choosing to release the films online for free rather than sell them like other past pirates have.

The French court handed down heavy sentences this week, giving the CiNEFOX members six month suspended jail sentences and giving the Carnage members four month suspended sentences. Additionally, the five men together were ordered to pay a massive 1.1 million euro fine for damages to Disney, Universal, Warner and Paramount (among other studios).

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6 user comments

130.9.2012 21:51

Doesnt seem like that heavy of a sentence to me.They will never pay off the 1.1 million euros....

230.9.2012 22:35

You don't get it do you!!!!

Most of these video sites have back doors of sites where they sell the file so if they have the files still on let's say a hidden drive somewhere online that the authority's havent found they will get there money back in less then 5 months and be able to pay off the fee's remember sites have ad's to generate revenue for there downloads where did the money go from advertising huh..

didn't see the cops take there money

31.10.2012 9:33

Originally posted by megadunderhead:
You don't get it do you!!!!

Most of these video sites have back doors of sites where they sell the file so if they have the files still on let's say a hidden drive somewhere online that the authority's havent found they will get there money back in less then 5 months and be able to pay off the fee's remember sites have ad's to generate revenue for there downloads where did the money go from advertising huh..

didn't see the cops take there money
You did read it?

It's a group of people taken to court for releasing movies online.

It's not a site, and because this was in France you are guilty and you have to prove you are Innocent so everyone would have been screwed because there's probably video of them going and seeing the movies.

Overall the end result seems ok, you don't go to jail but end up with a conviction but people would end up paying a low amount per movie.

43.10.2012 14:19

Errr...Does anybody actually watch Cam or telesync releases? I have never seen one worth watching. Especialy cams. If I can't wait for a decent release I'll just go to the theater myself.


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

55.10.2012 18:44

Have to agree its not worth the risk and viewing time to watch a dodgy cam movie it spoils it when it turns out it was a good movie that you would have gone to the cinema to see - although that happens very rarely its part of the reason there is so much piracy. Who wants to pay 8 a ticket to see some rubbish, I cant remember the last time I saw a good movie at the cinema.

65.10.2012 20:31

friends don't let friends watch cams

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