|Back in 2015, British police arrested Wayne Evans, aka OldSkoolScouse, after the latter offered a capella tracks to other budding DJs and remixers. PIPCU officers raided an address in the UK following a joint investigation with licensing outfit PRS for Music. They targeted a 38-year-old man alleged of the unlawful distribution of music online: aside from uploading packs of the UK’s Top 40 Singles to various torrent websites on the weekly basis, he also ran his own website with a capella versions.
The defendant appeared at the court a few days ago to plead guilty to two counts of distributing an article infringing copyright and one of possessing or controlling an article for use in fraud. Judging by multiple online profiles created by the man over the years, he has a keen and long-standing interest in music. Now the copyright enforcement unit has seized two of his music-related sites.
The UK police claimed that such cases highlighted the issue of digital piracy and its effect on the entertainment industry and other content creators whose work is being infringed. They also announced later that the man massively distributed Top 40 chart music and “a cappella” music, which resulted in significant losses to the entertainment industry as a whole. Wayne Evans now awaits sentencing, while the PIPCU believes its investigation shows commitment of the group to fight online piracy, as well as the importance of working with the industry partners.
It is also known that Wayne Evans was granted unconditional bail and is going to return to court for sentencing in a couple weeks.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
|Idiots uploading the top 40 are just asking for it. I share the music I love with those of same mindset.|
|posted by (2016-10-13 05:30:38)|
|Don't those bobbies have better things to do?... like arresting hard criminals?|
|It's all available to download on Vevo and Youtube. I'll never understand that!....Oh yea, that's right, they're big corporations.|
|posted by (2016-10-13 08:08:27)|
|Copyright enforcement unit??? lol You mean the unit that illegally hacks, spies, and breaks into peoples homes? lol Sounds awfully familiar!! "Police claimed that such cases highlighted the issue of digital piracy and its effect on the entertainment industry".. You mean claimed that such cases highlight the issue of invasion of privacy and it's effect on world?|
|Let the Russians upload the new stuff. Too much risk upping Top 40 Singles just for 15 seconds of fame.|
|It's hilarious that these cat molesters universally claim that uploading costs them money. Anyone who torrents their McDonalds music wasn't ever going to be a customer to begin with. Sure these uploaders & downloaders might have well sh|tty taste in music & should probably all be sterilised so that their abominable "music" preferences aren't passed on to subsequent generations but to accuse them of being responsible for the continuing greed & incompetence of production line pop peddlers is more than a bit of a stretch.||
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