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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 5 Movie Pirates Got a Total of 17 Years in UK Prison

5 Movie Pirates Got a Total of 17 Years in UK Prison

5 Movie Pirates Got a Total of 17 Years in UK Prison

Added: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
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, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Five pirates responsible for releasing thousands of movies online have been sentenced to a total of 17 years in the United Kingdom. The members of release groups were accused of "putting at risk" over £52 million in Hollywood revenues.

Almost three years ago, police raided 5 of the UK’s most prolific online movie pirates in the wake of an investigation by the local Federation Against Copyright Theft. All of them were arrested and by the beginning of this year had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud.

The anti-piracy outfit claimed that the infringement was huge – the groups had released over 9,000 movies online resulting in 5m unauthorized downloads. The defendants finally admitted causing the movie industry over £5 million in losses, about £1 million each. As a result, they were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months, 4 years and 2 months, twice 3 years and 6 months, and a 2 year suspended sentence. One of them aggravated his circumstances by continuing to pirate even while being on bail.

Moreover, the sentences would’ve been greater had the men not pleaded guilty early. Besides, there was also a penalty for the defendants who didn’t accept FACT’s version of events right away. It became known that the pirates who did not dispute anything would receive 1/3 knocked off their sentence, while the others would receive only 1/4. 2 of the pirates already had criminal records, but the others could eventually be moved to a low security prison.

This is the most aggressive private prosecution of the FACT to date, and it welcomed the court ruling. The outfit hopes that the result of the case sends out a serious message to other online pirates.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015



Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2015-12-22 15:43:15)
Sleeping_Lion avatar:o

2
posted by (2015-12-22 16:18:06)
akyboo avatarand extratorrent can sleep in their own beds at night "FACT will presume that the defendants’ actions “put at risk” at least £52,000,000 in studio revenues on ExtraTorrent alone."

3
posted by (2015-12-22 16:20:43)
crazymichael avatarGood on the Pirates Hollywood have not made a great film in years and if they are really losing money they would of stopped making movies years ago.I stopped paying for movies and CDs because why should I help the rich get richer while the poor get poorer and even then you don't have to be famous to be an actor or musician so why should i pay silly money just for attention seekers.Police are moaning about a pay cut well WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD.Its not about how much you get it's how you spend it and i don't believe for one minute they pay for CDs and DVDs that's why HMV shut down.

4
posted by ModeratorSun (2015-12-22 16:23:05)
LRS avatarWe all know the risks and the fact that they vary from country to country but that was harsh looks like they were trying to set an example.

5
posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-12-22 18:35:17)
fusseltier avatarthen i guess star wars isn't making money either... and neither did avatar.

the fact is, they are making up these losses, they are imaginary.
i've bought hundreds of dvds, and if i couldn't try a movie before i bought it, i'd never buy it.
and i would never go to the movie theatre for any reason, so they would never make anything off of me and millions of other people like me.
its the same exaggerations like when cassettes and scanners came out.
they know they usually make such garbage, that if they couldn't force people to go to the theatre, they would lose money.
that's the real truth.

6
posted by (2015-12-22 19:23:45)
Cannotsleep avatar“Happy Birthday” is copyrighted and brings in about $2,000,000 per year to the copyright holders (currently an investment group that purchased Warner Music who in turn was the most recent owner of the copyright for the song).
*starts singing*

When the movie makers start consistantly making decent movies...who am I kidding! Who said you cannot make money out of rubbish?!

7
posted by (2015-12-22 21:49:30)
Linkiss avatar@ Cannotsleep, Happy birthday is no longer copyrighted, therefore, it can be used with consequences now.

8
posted by ET junkieET loverSuperman (2015-12-23 00:44:15)
tonycabanna avatarServes them right! It's not like murder is going on everyday anyway. Let's monitor big billion dollar companies issues first.

9
posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET lovermenTurtle (2015-12-23 09:32:07)
menin avatarWell put tonycabanna.

10
posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2015-12-23 09:45:19)
SiLvErDuSt avatarAnd yet if you put your penis inside a pigs head....You can be prime minister

11
posted by (2015-12-23 11:09:16)
No avatarThis is so much more important than trivial concerns such as global terrorism.

12
posted by ET junkieET lover (2015-12-23 14:59:13)
MadVillain avatarI don't care if they pirated a billion movies that sentence is a bit harsh and ridiculous. Murderers and pedofiles get off with lighter sentences,wtf is this world coming to. "Over 5 million in losses" oh boo hoo cry me a river, I surely hope hollywood can survive with taking such a major financial loss.

13
posted by men (2015-12-24 04:32:42)
STEVENS8134033002 avatarET should post their contact info so we all can send them money in jail.

14
posted by (2015-12-24 09:39:09)
vapourtrail avatarSo these guys get 17 years, the German gets 3, the Aussies want to shut down VPNs,all the studio lawyers issue demands for compensation and yet Netflix STILL will not pay corporation tax in the UK....I would recommend a change of government....except they all went to the same school together, so they all think the same, that is that we the little people exist solely to make money for them and their rich friends....three cheers for capitalism!

15
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-24 16:01:37)
analogkid6103 avatarAnd on and on it goes. Although it does seem to be getting easier for our opponents to get heavier sentences given to our fellow file sharers. And then there's BREIN. Evil with a compass and a map.

16
posted by (2016-01-02 04:49:33)
andrew24 avatardo the film makers care about us struggling out in this world while they make millions?

adds on tv $1 a day to save people thats only $365 a year but they only care about them selves.

that lost revenue will now come out of the tax payers pocket just to keep them in prison which over 17
years total will probably add up to the same cost what a waste of time....
who gets rich here?
the people complaining and the lawyers its all business.money and anger,,,,
people get less time for manslaughter !!!!!!!?????
this world needs a reality check.
1 question who invented the www if we go that far back we could blame them.???? they have made millions robbing every human being from there own pocket ...people need to unite grrrrrr human freedom is slowly disparaging....



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