Torrent Uploader Fined $652K for One Movie

In spite of the heat on torrent sites, as well as uploaders and downloaders, it seems that people are not really deterred from carrying on. Even The Pirate Bay, the world’s most resilient torrent site, continues to operate. Of course, we don’t know how much longer they can resist with pressure coming from all sides. Still, people who torrent do not seem all that concerned.

But, did you know that people actually get caught and are punished for torrenting?

Take this guy from Sweden. According to Torrent Freak:

A moderator and uploader of one of Sweden’s oldest but now defunct private torrent sites has been hit with a huge damages award. For uploading a single pre-release movie the 28-year-old is now required to pay $652,000, the equivalent amount the studio would have charged for a license to distribute the movie for free. For sharing more than 500 others he received a suspended jail sentence plus 160 hours community service.

It’s rather notable that the fine – more than half a million dollars – is only for ONE movie. For the other movies he had shared, his punishment is “merely” community service.

Now, if you’re thinking that you have not done anything of this sort for years, you probably should not sit back and relax just yet. The unlucky guy is facing the consequences of his actions many years back. He used to be a moderator and uploader from April 2008 and November 2011. Many years later, he has been dubbed “Sweden’s “worst ever” individual movie pirate”. And the law has caught up with him.

It does seem that this case is being highlighted as an example. There are obviously many other individuals who have done the same thing, whether on a smaller or larger scale, it doesn’t matter.

 

What movie?! Phone Post 3.0

What if you're not an uploader? And you're just a downloader?

That's what my friend is Phone Post 3.0

jragg32 - What if you're not an uploader? And you're just a downloader?

That's what my friend is Phone Post 3.0
Yeah I feel like this helps one fly under the radar. Not being involved, Download and don't seed. Community hates that but the community could theoretically suck a horse dick because wreck it ralph isn't worth 652,000. At least not to any one person in particular. Phone Post 3.0

BitTorrent will die if people just leech and run. But yeah, that's a lot of money. Phone Post 3.0

I never understood this. The lady who downloaded a barney song a few years back was fined like some insane amount of money, lets say 100k. However, she could have legally purchased the song for a dollar on itunes. This is on par with fining someone 100k dollars for stealing a 1 dollar candy bar. Ok, fine, maybe she shared it and a couple other barney fanatics downloaded the song too, so fine her 1000 dollars and be done.

This movie can be purchased for 10 bucks, a few hundred people downloaded it, therefore charge him a few thousand dollars.

I understand they want to make examples out of these people, but that isn't really the purpose of our justice system. The punishment should be commensurate with the crime.

Surprised it was in Sweden.

heard it was Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo

Philliger - Just more Nazi bullshit. Move to France or Australia is the best advice I can give. Phone Post 3.0


You're advising that people that want to torrent movies up and move to France or Australia? lmao. What will I do for work? What if I don't know the language? Should I take my wife and kids? What about my house and car? Do I sell them or ship them over?



Pls, no more posting. lol

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Authority Figure - 
Philliger - Just more Nazi bullshit. Move to France or Australia is the best advice I can give. Phone Post 3.0


You're advising that people that want to torrent movies up and move to France or Australia? lmao. What will I do for work? What if I don't know the language? Should I take my wife and kids? What about my house and car? Do I sell them or ship them over?



Pls, no more posting. lol


LOL @ you having anything except a tinfoil hat and gay parade magazine .

the fuck outta here


I bet you give good head.

My Old Name Is Not Allowed - I stopped downloading ages ago. I stream everything now... I'm sure it's still illegal, but I'm not keeping or sharing it. Just watching. Someone else stole it and uploaded it already for me. I have 2 sites that have EVERYTHING I've ever looked for... hopefully they stay wrapped up in the torrent thing for a while and leave those guys alone.
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Newsgroups with HTTPS.

My Old Name Is Not Allowed - 
ozy12076 - 
My Old Name Is Not Allowed - I stopped downloading ages ago. I stream everything now... I'm sure it's still illegal, but I'm not keeping or sharing it. Just watching. Someone else stole it and uploaded it already for me. I have 2 sites that have EVERYTHING I've ever looked for... hopefully they stay wrapped up in the torrent thing for a while and leave those guys alone.
Care to share? Phone Post 3.0

Not sure it's allowed to talk about such things, I'll PM it to you, but be careful what you click. Those sites are loaded with computer aids.

VU! Thanks mate :)

Authority Figure -
Philliger - Just more Nazi bullshit. Move to France or Australia is the best advice I can give. Phone Post 3.0


You're advising that people that want to torrent movies up and move to France or Australia? lmao. What will I do for work? What if I don't know the language? Should I take my wife and kids? What about my house and car? Do I sell them or ship them over?



Pls, no more posting. lol

Lol, the cost of living here in Australia is nearly 3x more than the US. But minimum wage is also a lot more. But as far as I know you CAN be prosecuted here for uploading torrents or pirating all together. Phone Post 3.0

Who does the fine go to?

That's a lot of coin, interested to know if the studio that produced what ever movie was uploaded gets the money? Phone Post 3.0

RingStinger - Who does the fine go to?

That's a lot of coin, interested to know if the studio that produced what ever movie was uploaded gets the money? Phone Post 3.0
Read the op properly dick snot! Phone Post 3.0

Thing is most cases if you seed you only seed back a percentage. If you hit 100 that's one copy. But those ass hats charge for every portion sent out to a person as a full copy. Phone Post 3.0

the guy was clearly an extremely heavy torrenter, being a mod of sites etc. They went after him and made a point...

Oh holy feck. Phone Post 3.0

He did it pre-release.

Deserves what he gets.

Fuck making a product and having people steal it from you. Phone Post 3.0