Feeds

Finland convicts 22 in file sharing case

Chill wind hits 60 in total

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Twenty-two people were convicted of internet piracy in Finland last week. A judge in Turku ordered them to pay fines and more than €420,000 in damages for copyright offences - about €19,000 each.

Software and media companies were seeking damages worth €3.5m in total.

All 22, some of whom are still under the age of 18, were operators or administrators of Finnish BitTorrent tracker Finreactor.

In its ruling, the court said the administrators had intentionally created the service to violate copyright law.

The court rejected the defendants' claim that as operators of the service they were not responsible for the infringement since the content was transferred directly between the users and no infringing content was either stored or transferred through the tracker.

The court argued that the service should be seen as a whole and the convicted defendants "were directly and essentially involved in the infringing activities".

Some 10,000 users were estimated to have accessed the file sharing network, which was operated between August and December 2004. During this time, 29,625 terabytes of data was shared through the service, or 450,000 CD-ROMs of data.

The Finreactor case is the most extensive copyright infringement case in Finland so far. Prosecutors in Turku had originally charged 32 people in the case, and throughout Finland over 60 people are being charged. They will all be tried in their local courts. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.