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Internet café found quilty for piracy

Written by Jari Ketola @ 29 Jan 2003 8:51

Internet café found quilty for piracy easyInternetcafé chain has been found quilty of copyright infringement by British High Court. The chain allowed users to access music download sources on the Internet, and burn the downloaded files on CD for a fee of £5 (about $8).
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Sony Music, EMI, and Universal Music Entertainment started fighting the service already 18 months ago. EasyInternetcafé withdrew the service, but BPI still demanded compensation thought to be up to one million pounds ($1.5M). The court, however, did not set any penalties yet.

EasyInternetcafé is a part of the easyGroup, founded by Stelios Haji-Ioannou. He is also behind companies like easyCar, easyJet, and Stelman Tankers. Haji-Ioannou will appeal against the judgement.


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