A 26-year-old Turkish national has been sentenced to three years behind bars in Sweden for heading an illegal film streaming site, in what is a landmark case for digital piracy.
According to TorrentFreak, the Varberg District Court has found the man guilty of 1 044 breaches of copyright law, as well as money laundering.
The man was allegedly the site’s main man, setting up advertising deals and accepting donations on behalf of the website, Swefilmer.
He has been prosecuted in conjunction with a colleague, a 23-year-old from Sweden. Strangely, the pair had never met before their trial.
The younger man has, adds TorrentFreak, been handed are far more lenient sentence. His older co-conspirator will spend three times as long behind bars as the longest sentence handed to convicts in the now infamous Pirate Bay case.
While this judgement does signal harsher penalties for digital piracy, the more severe convictions related to money laundering and not copyright infringement, suggesting that legislation still has a way to go.