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A torrent site user in Denmark has been prosecuted in court and sentenced for his role in uploading and downloading content.
As first reported by TorrentFreak, the user downloaded or uploaded more than 3,000 copyrighted works to the popular torrent site DanishBytes.
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DanishBytes is a private torrent website that requires registration for use.
The website came under fire in November of 2021 after the Public Prosecutor for Special Economic and International Crime announced 6 people were arrested for their role in operating the site.
However, the latest individual involved with the site to come under legal fire did not have any involvement in running the website.
According to the National Unit for Special Crimes, a 28-year-old user of DanishBytes downloaded and uploaded movies, shows, e-books, and more which amounted to more than 120TB of data.
Ultimately, the man pled guilty to charges and was sentenced to 60 days probation and 80 hours of community service.
His computer and other various electronic equipment were also ceased.
Danish Police received a tip from the Rights Alliance that notified them of the user’s activity.
The Rights Alliance is an anti-piracy group in Denmark that works to enforce against and recognize organized digital crime and the distribution of illegal content.
To go along with his court sentence, the man must also pay a fine to the Rights Alliance of DKK 5,000 (roughly $700 USD).
Rights Alliance Director Maria Fredunslend noted the following on this development:
In the Rights Alliance, we have been very focused on getting those behind illegal file-sharing services convicted. But it is equally important that we bring to justice the users who are on these illegal services and who help to keep the services running…
It is an important signal to send that it is not only masterminds who risk prison sentences, but also systematic users. Therefore, it is satisfactory that yet another user has been convicted, and we expect more of these lawsuits in the future.
It is important to note that torrent users oftentimes expose their IP Addresses when uploading or downloading content on various torrent sites.
The best way to ensure your privacy and anonymity when using these sites is with a VPN.
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