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A possible 10 years imprisonment for a “Elite torrents” uploader plus a $500,000 fine !!!

Sun, Nov 18, 2007

International, Internet, News

As the saga of FBI crackdown on the US based BT tracker “Elite torrents” continues,another uploader associated with the “sharing” of Star Wars Episode III,a pre-release movie of that time,found guilty under Family Entertainment Copyright Act. ,could be facing 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine!!!.
In this copyright case tried in the criminal (rather than civil) legal domain, potential punishments are harsh. Do is facing up to 10 years in prison coupled with a fine of $500,000.

He will be sentenced on February 27th, 2008.

An Duc Do, aged 25, of Orlando, Florida, is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and criminal copyright infringement.Earlier to FBI raids resulted in five months of prison, five months of home arrest, and a $3,000 fine against Grant T. Stanley on October 17, 2006.[1] Another administrator of the site, Scott McCausland, received the same sentence on December 19, 2006.There have been two more convicts,Sam Kuonen and Scott D. Harvanek.

But to me the even the punishment prospects seem too harsh.
Murderers(including George Bush),rapists and many other more severe criminals roam freely.What does FBI do to nail them? MPAA and the likes have tried hard defending the monetary rights of these movies etc but what about “HUMAN RIGHTS INFRINGEMENT” these criminals make?

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. xbonez Says:

    in the words of suprnova:

    “This is how it works. Whatever you sink, we build back up. Whomever you sue, ten new pirates are recruited. Wherever you go, we are already ahead of you. You are the past and the forgotten, we are the internet and the future. y’arr!”

  2. Mayank Says:

    Ya,this way it is never gonna work.
    JUdgement should be equal for all.
    The best way is to reduce the prices,which not only wil help bring down piracy but improve their profits as well.

  3. Colby Says:

    Computers have already revolutionized the way we live and work. Have they changed the way we think? After reading all posts I think they have. People, why do you write what you hear somewhere, not your own thoughts?

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