Open Wi-Fi Network Operator Fined €32,000 for File-Sharing in FinlandAdded: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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A Finnish man was ordered to pay over €32,000 in damages for sharing TV-show "Black Sails" and one movie, despite operating an open wireless network. Copyright trolling started in the country about two years ago, with TV-show and movie distributors sending out settlement letters to alleged file-sharers, offering them to pay €600-€3,000 to avoid court hearings. Such notices are sent by law firm Hedman Partners and threaten legal action if alleged pirates fail to pay.
The law firm didn’t disclose the number of the recipients who have paid up since it started this practice, but many users simply ignored the notices, hoping that Hedman Partners wouldn’t carry out the threat. However, the firm did take a few people to court. Ruling on the first case was delivered yesterday.
The case was filed against an individual accused of downloading 10 episodes of the pirate TV-series “Black Sails” and the movie A Walk Among the Tombstones through BitTorrent. The copyright owners hired the German tracking company, which managed to link the man’s IP-address to swarms distributing these videos and dozens of other downloads.
In the court, the man denied being involved in file-sharing, explaining that his Wi-Fi network was open to anyone – moreover, the first infringement was detected on the same day he bought the router. This is why outsiders could have been responsible for copyright infringement. However, the Finnish Market court found the defendant guilty and ordered him to pay €600 in damages. This amount is not big, but in addition the man must now pay more than €30,000 to cover the legal expenses of the rights owners.
The Finnish anti-piracy group appreciated the court’s decision and warned other Internet users involved in illegal activities. It also explained that the settlement letter campaign was designed to limit the number of court cases, referring to them as to “unnecessary litigation”. The Market Court supported this point, saying that a flood of file-sharing cases could prove problematic, because the court’s resources are limited.
The alleged Finnish file-sharer is not going to give up and decided to appeal the case before the high court. The latter has yet to decide whether it will take on the case.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
|Quite the contrast between this article and another recent one on here where a Judge decided an IP does not identify the person(s) responsible for the infringement.|
|30k defense for 600 ruling? None of this makes any sense.|
|posted by (2016-07-06 23:01:43)|
|Good catch #1 BaBaapper.. Half the world would be in jail for life... This article doesn't make any sense.|
|posted by (2016-07-07 14:20:56)|
|I had to register just to add this. There have been thousands of these letters sent in the last year and this was the first one to go to court. The reason was that the plaintiff knew they were going to win. The defendant had basically admitted his infringement on a forum. The courts decision was affected by this heavily. I don't think the ruling would've been the same without the defendant being idiot and admitting everything...Under Finnish and EU legal praxis you can't single out a person behind the copyright infringement from just IP-address.|
|@4 those ruling were in two different countries as well. This is going to be an evolving process with the copyright holders bribing everybody they can to gain the greatest punitive measures possible. A few articles down this list it describes The UK getting set to hand out 10 year sentences. Which of course once started they will throw out like confetti at a parade.|
|posted by (2016-07-09 06:55:58)|
|I dont know what other ruling you meant on your post but any rulings given at European Court of Justice is binding to the member states as a precedent.||
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