IFPI responds to European piracy rulings

December 2006

Record labels

Despite the bad news in Spain and China, The International Federation of The Phonographic Industry has welcomed a ruling in Finland that will see a man who sold pirated karaoke records over the internet face a suspended custodial sentence and significant fine. The Swedish man who sold the pirated material has been given a 30 day suspended prison sentence by the Finnish courts for copyright offences. He will also have to pay 70,000 euros in compensation, damages and expenses to the rights holders. Although based in Sweden, the man sold the pirated material via a website and magazine adverts in Finland, and was caught via an operation led by Finnish authorities with the support of the Swedish police.


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