Hollywood studios have lost more than 10 million dollars.
In the UK, four local residents who ran the torrent tracker TheFoundry.name (currently unavailable) were sentenced to real terms. Films on the site sometimes appeared even before the official premiere in cinemas. It is reported by the Royal Prosecution Service of the country.
40-year-old Stephen Pegram (Steven Pegram), who owned the site and paid for hosting, was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. Mark Rollin, 37, was given three years in prison, including for unlawfully storing 47 pictures on his computer before release.
54-year-old Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor) and 42-year-old Alan Stephenson (Alan Stephenson) received two years of imprisonment with a delay of 24 months. Taylor downloaded movies, and Stevenson created the site and supported it. All persons involved in the case pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deceive and infringe copyright.
One of the most famous cases of copyright infringement in the history of TheFoundry.name is the discharge of the American action movie “Expendables 3”. Video in DVD Screener format (most likely, a copy for film critics) appearedon the tracker in July 2014 – then it was downloaded “millions of times”. The premiere in cinemas took place only on August 15.
Studio Lionsgate Films, which released “The Expendables”, announced the loss of two million dollars because of the “discharge” of the film. Claims also brought Sony, Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers, whose losses amounted to about 9.2 million dollars. One of the largest “plums” were “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of the Future Past.”
As TorrentFreak emphasizes , launching a torrent tracker in the West has recently been considered an “extremely risky” business, and their owners regularly became defendants in business. In recent years, the number of lawsuits has decreased, but the British were convicted of actions committed several years ago.