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Torrent uploader gets $652,000 fine for sharing unauthorized movies

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Dec 2013 9:10 User comments (2)

Torrent uploader gets $652,000 fine for sharing unauthorized movies

Two years after the popular private tracker Swebits closed down, one of its uploaders has received a suspended jail sentence, 160 hours community service and a massive $652,000 damages award.
The uploader shared over 500 movies, but the fine was just for one film: a pre-release CAM version of "Beck Levande Begravd."

Anti-piracy group Antipiratbyran brought the case, and the rightsholders had called the man the "worst ever" individual movie pirate in Swedish history, demanding a one year prison sentence.

Rights Alliance lawyer Henrik Pontn says the damages award was the largest ever for a piracy case, adding that "[The $652,000] refers to compensation and is equal to what the man would have paid if he had bought a license to distribute the movie for free downloads. "The man also has to pay damages for other losses such as disturbing the market and goodwill losses. This shows what damages are caused to the creators and rights holders by the illegal file-sharing of one movie."



Making the fine even more ridiculous is the fact that the film made just $1.4 million in theaters. The film's publisher says the poor quality of the upload led to the reputation of the film being damaged. Apparently the court agreed.

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2 user comments

119.12.2013 18:02

$652,000 ? Ya, let me write you a check. K?

220.12.2013 14:43

OK, so let me get this straight... If someone were to pay ~700k they could broadcast a movie to anyone and everyone free of charge?

As for the quality of the download hurting the sales of the actual film... that's some backwards ass logic there. If anything a poor quality movie would force people to go find a decent version which the retail should be the best available. Are they saying their own quality of the actual movie was so poor people wouldn't do this?

As a side not. I thought Beck was cool with this whole pirating thing, it's how most of his remixes became popular as he would not be as famous without them. Scratch that this isn't about Beck the artist it's about a French crime detective tv show....

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