Prison term for Spanish links site operator

May 2009


A Spanish court has jailed a man for running a website that provided links to unlicensed music content. In an earlier case a Spanish court had held that Spain’s copyright laws did not cover websites that enable others to infringe – unless they were profit making. Now a court has ruled that whilst Adrian Gomez Llorente did not make money from direct pay-per-download fees or host content he did make a profit from his website through advertising and SMS services and thus was guilty of infringing. Llorente received six months in jail and a 4900 euro fine for operating his website. As Llorente has no prior criminal record it seems likely that he will avoid actually serving time in prison.

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