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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Four arrested in Spain for illegally distributing copyright films on the Net

This recently appeared in an Costa Blanca news site.

Four arrested in Spain for illegally distributing copyright films on the Net

A Civil Guard operation in Valencia and Zaragoza has arrested four people for illegally distributing copyrighted films and series on the Net without permission.

Their web pages offered some 1,500 films and series which were available, for either free download or through P2P file sharing, through a subnet which users had to be invited to join. In return, the users would contribute other audiovisual material.

The group would also replace original audio on foreign films with dubbed dialogue recorded when the films were shown in Spanish cinemas.

The Civil Guard said in a press release on Wednesday that the operation followed a complaint from the FAP Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the movies portal, Comunidad Filmin.


There have been past cases where some judges have rules that P2P (peer to peer) file sharing is OK for personal use and archive use. However once you give the material to friends, or receive a payment for the material, its a criminal matter and you are in breach of copyright laws.

Which is presumably what has happened in this case as the system was not for personal use, but rather for redistribution...

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