Porn pirating lawyer jailed for five years – A US lawyer who uploaded pornography on to file-sharing sites then sued people who downloaded it, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

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  1. I used to get letters from Charter on behalf of a “law firm” claiming that they’ve traced our IP to porn piracy through torrents or similar file sharing. These emails would have heavy legal language insinuating a very serious threat of a lawsuit going to the tens of thousands of dollars.

    Followed by the title of the video and a website that you could log into and “settle” with the “law firm” for a mere $500-$2000 depending on the letter. The thing is if you went to the website, they took it as an admission of guilt and if you didn’t pay them, they would actually sue you.

    Anyways. I lived in a house with five other dudes, so I posted the letter in our commons to mock some of these hilarious titles like “Hairy-*** women,” “BBW meets BBC” and “big Brazilian shemale does midget.” No one actually went to the website or answered the letters.

    We all knew it was Kevin downloading this weird **** anyways.

  2. Fyremusik

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    Had a quick read about this guy on techdirt site a few years ago. Turns out he was seeding films that he owned at higher resolution than the ones on his website. Also the computer he was seeding the torrents from were affiliated with him or his companies. A bunch of other illegal stuff, faked legal documents with other people’s signatures, shell companies, basically to move the money around to tie it less to him directly.

  3. Teruraku

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    I have pirated many, many times. Never had a copyright notice. Even downloaded a **** tonne of marvel and Disney movies. Nothing. I downloaded 1 porno and it was like the wrath of titans had ascended. Was saying either pay up a settlement or get sued. I’m in canada so I said **** it and downloaded more porn.

  4. jberm123

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    To be honest I’m surprised at the punishment here. I’d almost expect this to be legal. If copyrighted work is downloaded from a file sharing site, I would think the downloader is still infringing on the owner’s copyright and could be sued regardless of whether or not the owner was the one who uploaded to the file sharing site in the first place

    Don’t get me wrong I think these guys are huge pieces of ****, but I’m surprised the legal ramifications unfolded in this way

  5. xf-

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    U.S. law is weird.

    It’s illegal to lure people into downloading your uploads and sue them but it’s totally fine to lure people into buying weed from undercover cops and arrest them.

  6. LSDLaserKittens

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    So judge orders 5 years for cooperating lawyer, and 14 for non cooperating lawyer. The insulting part is that they were also ordered to pay reparations of 1.5 million to victims when they were estimated to have brought in 6 million to the firm. The 1.5M probably doesnt even take into consideration the legal fees of people that tried to fight them. They still massively profited from this scheme.

  7. nutraloaf

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    Gotta give props to the prosecution team. Must’ve not been easy to prove that kind of crime against the main partners of an established law firm.

  8. M1A1Death

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    sorta like how the Kardashians paid firms to put up Kim’s video with Ray J and then when it was downloaded, demanded money through an online portal or else they were “threatened” to be sued.

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