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File-sharing site Admin receives fine and 6 month sentence

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Apr 2009 12:27 User comments (3)

File-sharing site Admin receives fine and 6 month sentence An administrator of a website that offered links to copyrighted material has been fined, and given a 6 month jail sentence in Spain. The 22 year old operated, which the Spanish Association of Publishers and Distributors Entertainment Software (ADESE) and the Spanish Videographic Union (UVE) both claimed was operating illegally. Non-commercial file-sharing websites are actually legal in Spain since the Sharemula case, where the operator was found innocent because he did not profit from running the site.
However, the judge in the case decided that since it had advertisements from Impresiones Web, Google Adsense, Canalmail and Correodirect, it could not be considered a non-commercial website because it profited from copyright infringement. The site, which had 17,300 members, did not host any illegal content itself at all, but did link to other sites where it could be gotten from.

Adrián Gómez Llorente, the administrator, was fined €4,900 and sentenced to 6 months in jail. Fortunately for him, his lack of a criminal record means it is unlikely he will serve any time at all. This is the first conviction of it's type in Spain, and neither side have announced plans to appeal the case.

"This ruling is a very important precedent for the videogame industry which is at the forefront of creating jobs and wealth even in a financial crisis, but is helpless against a problem as serious as piracy." ADESE President Alberto Gonzalez Lorca said.

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3 user comments

112.4.2009 12:57


212.4.2009 15:31

Stuff like this really pisses me off. I'm not saying it's okay to "steal", but when's the last time you heard of someone getting convicted for destroying peoples computers through creating viruses?

313.4.2009 5:48

Important thing that's missing in this news: there's no sentence. The guy admited he's guilty, and accepted this "offer".

For those of you who understand Spanish, or now how to use google translate ;) here's an interesting article explaining the case:

To resume (probably): Scare someone to death and maybe he accepts whatever you're offering.
Actually the real reason why he accepted is unknown, but it's hard to imagine something else.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Apr 2009 @ 6:56

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