Friday, January 27, 2006

First British File Swappers Found Liable

Worth recording for pure historical interest - from the Beeb:

"High Court judges ordered two men to pay the British Phonographic Industry between £1,500 and £5,000 for making thousands of songs available online.

One of the men said he did not know he was acting illegally, the other said there was no evidence against him."

The first defendant has to pay £5000 plus at least £13,500 in cotss: the second £1,500 plus costs.

Did the first guy actually have a lawyer? Even in a file sharing case, it is fairly well settled that ignorance of the law is no defense.

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