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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > ed2K “Show Trial” Started in France

ed2K “Show Trial” Started in France

ed2K “Show Trial” Started in France

Added: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The trial against the operator of a file-sharing website active over 5 years ago started in Paris. The site owner, Vincent Valade, is accused by copyright owners of profiting from illegal distribution of over 7,100 films. In case of loss he would face up to three years in prison, along with 300,000 euros penalties, and also compensation settlements estimated at millions of euros.

The trial against ed2K website owner got underway in France and is scheduled to run for three days. During the trial, the Paris Criminal Court is planning to hear evidence that Valade provided movies without the permission of rights owners.

Vincent Valade, who is currently 25, was the operator of ed2K link website named Emule Paradise. The site in question used to be one of the most popular services of such type. According to the claims from the plaintiffs, including Association of Film Producers and Universal, the website accounted for over 300,000 visitors daily. This traffic, they claim, brought Valade a significant advertising income, which is estimated at 416,000 euros for the two year period from 2005 to 2006. The money was placed in bank accounts in Cyprus and Belize. Meanwhile, there are 5 more defendants at the trial, including the Future Net (Net Avenir) advertising agency.

Overall, Valade is accused of facilitating the unauthorized distribution of over 7,000 copyright films, some being pre-release. In addition, he is accused of the unauthorized copying of 19 movies that were found on his hard drive during his arrest 4 years ago.

It’s clear that the site owner will lose this case – a similar one brought by movie studios against link site failed last year even after the plaintiffs failed to present any evidence to prove that any infringement had taken place thanks to the links in question.

One of the main arguments of the plaintiffs is that the website offered the eMule file-sharing application for download, packed with how-to guides, together with the links to infringing downloads. The copyright owners claim that given “the context” of the website, having plenty of links to infringing material, the act of providing visitors with eMule software for download is criminal. In case the site operator is found guilty, he faces a three-year prison term and 300,000 euros in fines, along with damages payouts that can range up to millions of euros.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

February 3rd ,2011

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Date:  Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by men (2011-02-04 00:13:14)
topaz18046 avatarThere seems to be no mention yet on this forum about the Melbourne (Australia) Age newspaper report (Feb.3) concerning a huge law suit chase of file sharers. The London law firm dropped the case due to an inundation of death threats and denial of service attacks.

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