p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- Despite efforts by Spanish anti-piracy crews, the legal system in Spain, “continues to stand firmly behind those who share music and movies without financial gain,” says Ernesto in TorrentFreak.
As proof, a man who downloaded and shared 3,322 copyrighted movies walked free from a hearing at the Criminal Court of Pamplona.
Justices ruled he didn’t break any laws, “by downloading thousands of movies and an undetermined number of songs,” says the story, going he was cleared of alleged copyright infringements, “because there was no evidence that he profited from downloading the movies and music, or sharing them with others”.
The judge acknowledged the man indeed downloaded the files “without consent of the copyright holders” in 2003 and 2004, “but ruled that he only did so for for private use or sharing with other Internet users,” says TorrentFreak, adding:
“This is not the first time a Spanish court has ruled in favor of a file-sharer.
“In 2006, a man was similarly acquitted, and more recently it was ruled that websites linking to p2p downloads (torrents for example) operate within the law. Spanish law dictates that there has to be ‘an intent to profit’ for someone to be held liable for copyright infringement.”
TorrentFreak – Downloading 3322 Copyrighted Movies is Okay in Spain, May 29, 2009
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