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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > iMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Case Continues

iMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Case Continues

iMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Case Continues

Added: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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.extratorrent.com
Another sentence was delivered at iMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Case – a 5th member of the BitTorrent piracy ring got 23 months of jail time after being charged with copyright violation. A few months ago, press reports were telling people about the longest prison sentence given for file-sharing offences ever: 40 months in jail plus $15,000 fine was ordered to be paid to the Motion Picture Association of America by Gregory Cherwonik, the member of the BitTorrent release group known as iMAGiNE. A few days later, the leader of the release group, Jeramiah Perkins, also received 5 years in jail for copyright violation.
Today, a 5th member of iMAGiNE, Javier Ferrer, 41 years old, got a 23-month sentence and 3 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to damages made by the release group. The group’s notoriety was pumped even more after Department of Justice of the United States called iMAGiNE in a press release “the premier to first release online copies of pictures only showing in theaters”.

This BitTorrent ring has been operating within two years, from September 2009 to September 2011, with its main infringing activity being creating pirated camcorded copies of new films showing in cinemas. After recording, the videos were digitally improved, while audio from the movies was edited separately. The entertainment industry charged iMAGiNE release group with pirating a number of specific movies, such as Avatar, The Men Who Stare At Goats and Clash of the Titans.

April 24th,2013

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Date:  Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Comments (13) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-04-24 19:36:20)
xxxskfxxx avataryou get less jail time in england for murder,the world is crazy

posted by (2013-04-25 03:24:29)
No avatarYou only get to kill someone one time
They are making a point about how serious losing money is
If they get the same time as a murder, they would just get out and do the same thing all over again.
However this is one the same level as a attempt murder.

posted by (2013-04-25 12:22:30)
giraffe avatarThanx Sam for the article, these fines and jail terms are excessive. The music and movie industry has been stealing from us for 60 years yet none of them are in jail.

@xxxskfxx I was thinking the same thing.

posted by ET loverKitty (2013-04-25 14:08:25)
greymongel avatarWe are just sheep with money taped to our wooly backs to them. they r the sheep herders, if they see a few sheep get out of the pen and there money run away they shave all our wool off (put us in jail, charge us stupid fines).....what i dont get is do they not understand that the sheeps in there pen is in the millons?, and there PEN to hold us to how they think sucks. Its like trying to fence in a ant mound with a chained gate it hasnt worked it wont ever work......get a new bussiness model for the Industry, people will always DL illegally, punisihg a few people harshly just pisses the rest of us off more lol, like everyones gonna stop DLing or UPling stuff, its a fkin joke......

Thanx for the great reads as always, keep up the good work

posted by (2013-04-26 13:43:03)
edddy avatarThe Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights (ratified 1789) prohibiting the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause applies to the states. The phrases employed originated in the English Bill of Rights of 1689.

posted by Blocked (2013-04-26 16:50:54)
No avataryeaaaaaaah almost rapist get of more easy then pirats .now thats messed up

posted by (2013-04-26 20:23:38)
No avatarFive years is insane. People get less time for Tax fraud, i.e., Wesley Snipes' 36 month sentence for forgetting to pay taxes on tens of millions in income. Ooops! So I guess the moral of the story is, cheat the US Government of its taxes, you suck and will get put in jail for three years. But bootleg a movie with a cam and distribute it free to people who would probably not go see the movie anyway, but in some theoretical way "hurts" the multi-billion dollar movie industry . . . 5 freakin' years!!!! Something is seriously wrong with that. Oh wait . . . I think I get it . . . The Government does not finance the election of Congress, but the entertainment industry -- suck up to those guys and campaign financing is no problem. Is it any wonder that our laws are so skewed and enforced in favor of MPAA and RIAA?

posted by (2013-04-27 03:40:07)
Mr_T_Cat avatarThe problem is that this is no longer about any supposed money being lost by the owners of the original material, its become a battle of pride. The argument always put forward is that file sharing/piracy robes companies and artists of royalties. But the facts do not support there claims. Just because I may download 10,20,100 or even a 1000 films a year, does not mean that I would pay to watch those films. Because I would not, I would wait until they appeared on normal tv. In fact many artist have said that file sharing has increased the money they earn. The reason being that 90% of artist revenu comes from touring and spin of merchandise. To quote a few of todays big artists-
Shakira - "I like what's going in the file sharing scene because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music," Colombian music star Shakira said in reference to illegal file-sharing. "It's the democratization of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."
Lady Gaga - "...[Y]ou know how much you can earn off touring, right? Big artists can make anywhere from $50 millon for one cycle of two years' touring. Giant artists make upwards of $100 million. Make music--then tour. It's just the way it is today,"
Neil Young -"Piracy is the new radio," said legendary musician Neil Young at The Wall Street Journal's Dive Into Media conference. "That's how music gets around. That's the real world for kids."
Ed O'Brien - "I have a problem when people in the industry say, 'It's killing the industry, it's the thing that's ripping us apart'....I don't actually believe it is," Radiohead's Ed O'Brien professed in 2010. "[Pirates] might not buy an album, but they're spending their money buying concert tickets, a T-shirt, whatever."

posted by ET junkie (2013-04-28 07:17:29)
gavob avatari agree most of us would NOT go and see it in cinima anyway so how can the film makers say theve lost munny from US yes thats right US mot buying it when most of us only watched it becoz it was FREE if owt its gonner make munny form us shearing the film and speaking about it then some peeps mite chose to see it in te cinima!!!! rant over.

posted by (2013-04-28 08:52:50)
MrGoodBurn avatarI rarely go to the movie theater; there aren't very many movies these days that are worth watching in the theater. I do occasionally go to the theater if I like a movie I downloaded, and want to see it on the big screen; so they would lose money from me if i didn't have access to torrents. Other than that I watch most of my movies on here or on my satellite. I pay for all the movie channels so I just wait for movies to hit HBO or something. If I like a movie I will go out and buy it, but never before I've watched it first.

posted by (2013-04-28 13:34:20)
No avatarYou get less time for gun crimes and child molestation. Corporations buying the court systems. This country is for trade organizations and corporations not for the people.

posted by (2013-04-29 09:44:09)
No avatarthe people that get the films on cam pay to get in the cinema so why not take a copy cinemas here in england are way over priced! my local cinema is £20 for 2 adults (about $35) and thats before you have even payed for drinks etc. I thank you greatly for the movie torrents i get!

posted by Blocked (2013-04-30 16:20:55)
Esham1977 avatar@taker- what's crazy is your lack of spelling and grammar,why leave a comment with fragmented words this goes for a lot of people.....It makes you seem stupid and ignorant

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