Movie Pirates from Hungary Face 8 Years in PrisonAdded: Thursday, January 14th, 2016
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In Hungary, 4 individuals behind a previously raided website currently face up to 8 years of jail time. They include a pensioner and a technical director of an IT company and are all accused of distributing close to 2,000 movies through a torrent service. In addition, the defendants also face a claim for over $1.2m in damages.
Back in 2014, a Hungarian popular torrent site, streaming portal and warez link website named SWZ was raided by local authorities in the wake of the action from a local content distributor and national tax authorities. SWZ had been in operation for at least 3 years offering a wide range of content, and movies were the most popular type of content it offered.
Today four individuals said to be the key operators of the site face an aggressive prosecution in a rare case for Hungary. They face numerous charges relating to the illegal distribution of copyright content between September 2011 and October 2014. It has not been made clear precisely how the movies were made available, but aside from offering links from elsewhere, SWZ certainly operated its own tracker.
Overall, the defendants are a disparate group: one of them is retired, another is a student, the third is currently unemployed, and the fourth is a technical director of a German-Hungarian IT company. The most interesting thing is that they never met up in person. According to investigators, they coordinated online, using the site’s social pages as a platform for promoting content and solving user problems.
It is claimed that the online service generated revenue from advertising while receiving payments/donations from users. As a result, they currently face serious charges of distributing illegal content while profiting from it, including about $1.2m in damages and up to 8 years in jail.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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