Site Operator Pleaded Guilty to Facilitating PiracyAdded: Sunday, June 21st, 2015
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In Northern Ireland, an individual has pleaded guilty to operating online services that allowed people to view copyright content without the consent of the rights owners. He was alleged of facilitating copyright infringement between 2008 and 2013 and initially denied the charges.
Four years ago, police seized £83,000 and some devices in a raid in Northern Ireland as part of the investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). It later became known that an operator of video streaming site named “FastPassTV” had also been arrested. FastPassTV had hundreds of thousands of daily visitors and was considered a significant player in the streaming sector. It should be noted that the service itself didn’t store any content of its own, but just linked to movies hosted elsewhere on the Internet.
Like many similar cases, this one dragged on through the legal system. Apparently, it took over 4 years to come to court, where it turned out to be more complex than it first appeared.
First, the site operator was charged with offenses connected with not just FastPassTV, but also BedroomMedia, a discussion and linking forum he also operated at the time. FACT claimed that he generated over £82,000 in advertising revenue from both websites. The individual was also charged with additional offenses of conspiring with two Internet users to defraud the movie industry. The sites’ operator, 28, pleaded not guilty to all charges back in February 2015 and was bailed to appear at a later date.
In June, he was back in court with an apparent change of heart, pleading guilty to all four charges. Why so? Because FACT announced no claim for compensation, trying to make the case a precedent to send a clear message to other copyright infringers.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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