Suspended sentence for Italian file-sharing operator – and his mum and dad

August 2014

Recorded music, internet


As Italy steps up its actions against illegal file-sharing, an Italian man behind a now defunct file-sharing operation that used the domains and has been handed a 22 month suspended jail sentence for this role in running the copyright infringing business. His parents also received suspended sentences because of their role in receiving the operation’s advertising  revenue into their bank account – in effect a charge of money laundering: at the time the sites were said to be making around $300 a day from advertising.

Authorities in Italy seized the two domains back in 2012 under a court order, following complaints from copyright owners, and also ordered internet service providers to block the service’s IP addresses and took control of bank accounts receiving ad revenues from the file-sharing operation

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