German Pirate Gets 2 ½ Years


German court finds web designer of German file sharing site guilty of 1.1 million cases of copyright infringement.

COLOGNE, Germany – The man who helped design notorious German online file sharing site has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in the first major prosecution in the case.

The court in Leipzig found the 33-year-old Marcus V. guilty of copyright infringement in 1.1 million cases and that he earned around $215,000 (€160,000) through advertising on the site.

Marcus V. accepted the ruling. He gave authorities a full confession and provided prosecutors with evidence against other operators. There are cases pending against two other alleged members of the site, including the man alleged to have run the operation.

German authorities hope to bring charges against more than a dozen people arrested in a raid on the company’s data centers this summer.

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