Usenet Pirate Received €7,500 Fine for Sharing TV ShowsAdded: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
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A Usenet uploader will have to pay a fine to Dutch anti-piracy outfit for sharing more than 1,500 TV shows and agreed to stop his activities.
The Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN is known for targeting uploaders on various file-sharing websites and services. Today it has announced yet another victory against a repeated copyright infringer in the Netherlands. The story is about a profilic Usenet uploader, who shared more 1,500 TV shows including Arrow, Blacklist, and Person of Interest.
After being found, the individual agreed to pay €7,500 in damages and cease his activities. If he fails to keep his promise, he would have to pay an additional penalty of €2,000 per day, up to a maximum of €50,000.
The anti-piracy outfit used the message ID of the NZB files to link the uploads to the defendant. Apparently, those files were also traced to a number of publications on NZB spot-sites where the individual advertised his uploads. BREIN explained that the financial situation of the defendant was considered to decide on a suitable settlement amount. In other words, the size of the fine depends more on the pirate’s financial position than the value of the infringed content.
BREIN has focused heavily on catching individual file-sharers, who pirated through Usenet, BitTorrent, Facebook, and other platforms, over the past months. It seems that the anti-piracy group is going to pursue the uploaders on a much larger scale in order to increase the catch-rate. BREIN has already started to monitor IP-addresses of frequent BitTorrent users.
By the way, the settlement money won’t go to artists or other copyright owners, but will be used by the group to fund future enforcement campaigns.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
|posted by (2016-11-17 06:16:43)|
|They can't go after DL'ers cos there are too many..........|
Often TV downloads are just obtained to get them ahead of the resident country release date.
Very few shows have fully synced worldwide airing.
if you can receive the show, but want to get it early, then that is not something they can Sue over as you have the access rights to the show and Copyright is NOT about "a few weeks early" it is only if you don't have a tV service and can't get it another way like Streaming from a TV station app etc.
Ealy access is never gonna get targeted at downloaders. as for the guy who got caught he sound like he got too bold and took risks. Otherwise there'd be 100's every day getting caught.
I'm grateful for uploaders work in a big way, cos I can view everything with subs, but I stick to the ones who don't "splash themselves foolishly across the web" so I can rely on them being around long term.
Caution is the byword I guess? VPN and ensure your torrent client transmits a "masked" IP address and there is not much the likes of BREIN can do to obtain info by legal means at least......
"send a thief to catch a thief" may well become their "known" M.O. soon enough. Recruit the ones they can catch to lead them to the bigger fish, so to speak. It'll happen soon that we will hear about, 'cos you can bet they've caught more than the media reports state and have got them blackmailed/on the payroll seeking out the Big Players by now.....
One uploader LOL, not even a drop in the Ocean, more like a molecule within a drop in the ocean......
Thanks to all the great Uploaders for their continued efforts. Good on ya.
|BREIN, so now they are hunting and collecting for themselves. They no longer pay the masters.|
Something about that I find disturbing. Sounds like bounty hunting.
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