Torrent Site Operator, Moderator and Users Sentenced to JailAdded: Friday, September 16th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
A year ago, a 4-month investigation led to arrest of people connected to the public torrent site OMGTorrent. The site had allegedly offered more than 10,000 pirated movies. OMGTorrent was founded in 2008 and had since built up a solid userbase of around 3.5 million monthly visitors. Police insisted it was a commercial project.
The following searches of the suspects’ homes resulted in the seizure of several computers and more than 3.5 terabytes of the fresh movies. Another separate server detected abroad contained several thousand more.
Police warned that the site’s operators could face a decade in prison and millions in fines, but OMGTorrent founder was not going to stop there. The investigation allowed to identify 4 of the site’s top downloaders who were prosecuted for receiving stolen goods.
Now 6 people connected with the website have been sentenced: the founder of OMGTorrent has got one year in prison. The 28-year-old was also ordered to pay a fine of around 5m euros for the illegal distribution of copyrighted content. A 38-year-old woman, a moderator on the website, was given a 4-month suspended sentence and told to pay 1m euros for financial damage. Besides, four of the site’s most heavy downloaders were also given prison sentences of one month each and are required to settle with copyright owners for more than 500,000 euros. The police seized the servers and used them to get the IP addresses of the most active downloaders of content.
The site operator admits he understands why he needed to be punished, but sentences for others were “beyond comprehension.”
In the meantime, after the raid on OMGTorrent, an unknown third-party acquired the domain, and the website is still operating working, as it did before, as a public torrent index.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, September 16th, 2016
|This does not sound good at all.|
|p2p is legal so why not torrent downloading is legal ?|
|didn't know it might go this far.|
|Fill the prisons with all the people downloading "illegally" and let the rapists, terrorists roam free "legally". SMH.|
|posted by (2016-09-16 22:39:17)|
|On a more disturbing scale.....|
|posted by (2016-09-16 22:49:08)|
|Type in "'State of Surveillance' with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith (FULL EPISODE)" into Youtube. Much more disturbing things are going on...|
|Should we be concerned??|
|WOW, this is harsh even by their own standards.|
|posted by (2016-09-18 04:35:14)|
|War on Drugs, meet War on Downloading. They need to create criminals out of thin air because the number of real ones are plummeting. The real criminals are the people perpetrating this monstrous scam of a system.|
|ditto #4... amazing|
|Sharing is loving. we don't want to stop loving.|
|posted by (2016-09-19 01:32:54)|
|@#7, if you watched that vid then you know to be concerned. Starting a website doesn't really compare to getting EVERY video/picture/phone conversation/details of everyone's life. All of that in real time even... It's more than metadata.|
|posted by (2016-09-19 04:02:58)|
|So ridiculous. Torrenting is not hurting anyone. There have even been studies done by HBO, Movie Studios, etc. that have shown that torrent downloading has not hurt ticket sales and/or premium cable channel subscriptions. Game Of Thrones, which is the most downloaded television show has even been shown to boost subscriptions to the cable station. Leave these people alone already!|
|posted by (2016-09-19 04:38:23)|
|@#2., Odd how ET is willing to put themselves out on Facebook and yet this happens to people running a torrent site? How ironic is that.|
|posted by (2016-09-19 10:24:54)|
|If the article is real.. Even alt media has it's ways.|
|dammm! its not good news|
Just because p2p is legal, does not mean downloading Copyright data is. A lot of companies, such as Blizzard and Microsoft uses p2p for you to download their Applications faster.
|They will never stop. And neither should we.|
|posted by (2016-09-22 12:57:32)|
|Shit's scary, how peer on peer crime legendary.||
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