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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater 465

An anonymous reader writes: Philip Danks used a camcorder to record Fast & Furious 6 in a U.K. cinema. Later, he shared it via bittorrent and allegedly sold physical copies. Now, he's been sentenced to 33 months in prison for his actions. "In Court it was claimed that Danks' uploading of Fast 6 resulted in more than 700,000 downloads, costing Universal Pictures and the wider industry millions of pounds in losses." Danks was originally told police weren't going to take any action against him, but he unwisely continued to share the movie files after his initial detainment with authorities.
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 22, 2014 @11:10AM (#47729529)

    Any financial transaction whatsoever technically makes it a commercial venture. Why do you think all the old tape swappers usually had you give them a tape to copy their mixes onto?

    As above, I have no sympathy for the guy. Additionally, willfully doing it AFTER getting swatted for it is just asking for trouble.

  • by dave420 ( 699308 ) on Friday August 22, 2014 @11:34AM (#47729823)
    Copyright infringement for money is a criminal offense, fyi.
  • by WheezyJoe ( 1168567 ) <fegg AT excite DOT com> on Friday August 22, 2014 @03:03PM (#47731897)

    Ars Technica has more on the story, and links to actual news sites covering the mess [arstechnica.com]. And as many insightful Slashdot commentators have surmised, there's more to the story than a lousy cam-rip of a lousy movie.

    Copyright silliness may have led to him being caught, but Danks got his 33 months all by himself.

    Danks was arrested only six days after he'd uploaded the video, and two days later he wrote on Facebook, "Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you Universal Pictures."

    Danks had also sold DVD copies of the movie for £1.50 each. He said his total profit from the scheme was about £1,000.

    To who? Who buys these things? Why would anyone spend money and time to suffer through a cam-rip?
    how much of this was earned after he was arrested?

    The prosecuting and defending attorneys both seemed to agree that Danks' motive for the piracy of Fast and Furious 6 was “Street Cred.” His defense attorney told the court, "He has no substantial assets of any sort, and his financial gain has been extremely limited, but he was obviously aware that it was a popular film that would be of interest."

    The judge was particularly harsh on Danks because of his cavalier attitude."This was bold, arrogant, and cocksure offending,” he said to Danks, as Sky News reports.

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