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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Convicted Copyright Infringer Came Off Clear

Convicted Copyright Infringer Came Off Clear

Convicted Copyright Infringer Came Off Clear

Added: Monday, July 26th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
It has been a year since several Guns N Roses tracks from then unreleased album leaked to the web. Now the story of the individual who made those tracks available might finally come to a close.


Initially it seemed to be a case the RIAA has dreamt about. A person who made pre-released content available had been caught and had voluntarily passed self-incriminating evidence to the court. Wasn’t it too perfect “open and shut” case for the Record Industry Association of America?

At the very beginning the leaker’s liabilities were quite high: he could get 6 months of jail time and be charged, as the RIAA says, over $2 million in damages. That would be a triumph for the RIAA, an opportunity to make the headlines for cracking down on copyright infringement, if everything went smooth.

However, everything went wrong for the RIAA. First, it offered a $30,000 settlement, but unsuccessfully – the case finally went to court. The fact working against the plaintiffs was that it actually took around 15 years to release this certain album. In addition, a plea bargain appeared, saying that the penalties would be dropped completely if the accused would be willing to take part in anti-piracy advertisement.

Finally, he got a year of probation and two months of home confinement. Only after that the copyright owners understood that it would cost quite a large sum of money to make an anti-piracy public service advertisement. Keeping in mind that the industry has already been throwing the money away on legal help of attorneys, it appeared that they didn’t have a moment with so much spare cash on hand.

Now, with the probation period coming to an end, the infringer comes off clear without any further obligations on him. All the punishment he has got was two months of home arrest and a year of probation for making 9 track available online prior to the album’s release date. One should agree that it’s not too bad for a web developer, who could spend those 2 months on honing the web skills.

The most interesting fact is that this story occurred right in the midst of the two other famous file-sharing cases – those of Tenenbaum and Thomas. The best they have got so far is fine reduction to $2,250 per each case of infringement. Feel the difference? Upload released work on P2P and face a $2,250 fine per track or upload pre-released content on your blog and enjoy two months of home arrest. What would you opt for?

July 26th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, July 26th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-27 03:27:50)
No avatarboth sound like a walk in the park to me, Ive done the later multiple times and I didn't even infringe, lol.

posted by (2010-07-27 08:25:51)
spiritchaser5150 avatarI wonder if they made him stop downloading for the year of probation. Or maybe he had a hella lotta xtra time to use his computer.
Even if those songs weren't leaked I don't think sales would have been any higher due to the negative publicity from the radio stations on an album that took 15 years to release.

posted by (2010-07-27 18:41:00)
GGTBod avatarI think all musical "artists" need a wake up call they have been spoon fed a reality where they deserve millions and a luxury lifestyle for the "talents" they share with us!! I mean c'mon you sing or play an instrument BIG F'ING DEAL!! SO WHAT!!! We seem to worship and praise the wrong people in our current society, these people are not making a difference to humanity its not exactly Nobel prize worthy work eh????? Same with footballers and sport stars our society needs a perspective shift so that we do not worship these superficial morOns and moreso we need to make sure these are not aspired to lifestyles for our children, I mean really DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO GROW UP AND WANT TO BE LIKE PARIS HILTON OR WAYNE ROONEY???

posted by Blocked (2010-07-28 02:41:05)
SaveIt4later avatarGGTBod your right maybe all the talent in the world should just stop doing what they are doing. and quit their careers!

posted by (2010-07-28 18:42:12)
GGTBod avatarI wouldnt go that far but lets have some real perspective on what their tallents are they sing/dance/act it doesnt deserve millions of pounds in paycheques, I believe they deserve to earn a good living but no more than someone who works their a$$ off for 60+ hrs per week in any other job

posted by (2010-08-17 11:54:08)
evilmother avatarall the talint you need to be a star is to look and act like a slut and make a homemade porn vid leek it on the internet and sit back

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