Feeds

German fined €8000 for Kazaa uploads

More cases pending across Europe

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A 23-year-old man has become the first music sharer to be successfully convicted in Germany for uploading songs to Kazaa.

And expect more such cases across Europe, the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) warned today.

The unnamed German was fined €8000 ($9814/£5351) for making thousands of songs available to other Kazaa users. He must also pay the case's legal costs, the court ruled. He must also sign a pledge never again to engage in music piracy.

The man's identity was revealed by Kazaa last April to German prosecutors. Police raided his house in the city of Cottbus and seized a PC containing 6000 MP3 files and CD-Rs holding over 1000 songs. He pleaded guilty to the copyright infringement charges laid against him.

The case is one of 68 brought before the German court by local music industry representatives, IFPI said. Among them is a 57-year-old teacher from Stuttgart who Police discovered owned 25 CDs yet had managed to fill his PC with several thousand tracks. He too admitted that he had committed copyright infringement.

Now a precedent has been established, more cases will come, Gerd Gebhardt, chairman of IFPI's German wing, said in statement.

Indeed, in addition to the 68 cases in Germany, 24 are pending in Denmark and 30 more in Italy. Some 17 Danes have already coughed to their actions and have paid "compensation" to the music industry.

"We can confirm that there will be more legal actions in other countries in the near future," said IFPI chairman and CEO Jay Berman. ®

Related stories

Music biz takes P2P jihad to Europe and Canada
BPI threatens uploaders with big stick
European RIAA-style anti-file swap lawsuits inevitable
Italy approves 'jail for P2P users' law
Jail terms for tourists buying pirate CDs in Greece?
McAfee founder returns with 'legal p2p radio'
Russian 5c MP3 site 'unlicensed'
US music swappers change their tune
RIAA targets 493 more unnamed file-sharers
RIAA nails 1,000 music-lovers in new Prohibition jihad
Japanese P2P founder arrested
Kazaa and co 'not cause of music biz woes', say Profs
Music industry blames Net for falling sales

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.