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Jean-Luc Godard Helped Busted File-Sharer

Jean-Luc Godard Helped Busted File-Sharer

Added: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A movie director and candid opponent of copyright abuses along with incoming “three-strikes” law has come to the rescue of a convicted file-sharer. Jean-Luc Godard, a famous French film director, who is due to receive an honorary Oscar next month, has donated some of his money to a legal fund of the photographer who was caught with almost 14,000 songs shared illegally, for which he was ruled to pay around $25,000 damages.

5 years ago James Climent had a very memorable year, but for all the wrong reasons. A French 37-year-old citizen and photographer, he’s also a keen file-sharer, but in 2005 his hobby played a law-down trick with him. While sharing several thousands of music tracks via P2P application, he received an unwelcome visit from police. At the moment, he had about 13,800 mp3 files on his hard drive sharing, and the police came to search. Nevertheless, now he’s got over 30,000.

It seems like James Climent is being a bit defiant. When his case was heard at the first time 3 years ago, James pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ against the advice of his lawyer. So far, that was the only thing he really regrets.

After several failed appeals behind but still unrepentant, James was ruled to pay SDRM and SACEM (music collection societies) $25,600 in damages. His latest appeal was rejected three months ago. However, the photographer doesn’t have money to settle, as well as to cover his legal costs – he had to borrow money from his sister. Still, even if he had it, he wouldn’t give it away just on principle.

Instead, the photographer, perplexed by the fact that someone should be punished so strictly for simply “sharing culture,” is intended to continue fighting. Now he’s planning to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. It’ll be a long and expensive procedure, taking at least 2 years. With the time available, James is now trying to collect funds for the attempt. The current goal amounts to 5,000 euro, and he suddenly received an unexpected help from famous movie director Jean-Luc Godard couple weeks ago. An e-mail from his producer said Godard supports Climent’s ideas and has decided to help the photographer to pay for his fight.

Godard, 79, has been in the movie business for 60 years, and is an outspoken opponent of HADOPI and other copyright abuses, admitting that copyright is not a possibility. Godard donated 1,000 euro to the photographer’s legal fund, making it almost the half of its initial goal.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

September 22nd, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-09-22 18:38:49)
RobXcore avatarThats brilliant, if im understanding right, a movie director, who the courts basically issue these fines on behalf of, is giving money to help the infringer defend.
Were taught young to share. :] You wont see kids in playgrounds snatching toys saying 'you didnt pay for it, so you cant play'

posted by (2010-09-23 17:05:10)
Brynn217 avatarWe should all donate... AND get him areal Lawyer that can win!

posted by (2010-09-23 21:04:38)
Zest avataryou can support James Climent here http://etpaflapuce.blogspot.com to help him go to the European Court of Human Rights /-)

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