p2pnet.net News:- The Big Music cartel’s IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) says it’s pleased with a court decision in France which ordered a school teacher to pay 10,200 euros (close to $13,130) for sharing music with other people.
It’s the first time an individual has been sentenced for file-sharing on a p2p network in France and the case has sparked an enormous on- and offline protest
But the IFPI’s satisfaction isn’t really surprising considering it was one of the cartel-owned organizations responsible for having “Alexis B” dragged into court in the first place.
“Alexis B” was fined after being found guilty of “illegally downloading and making available 30GB of files, or a massive 10,000 songs/614 albums,” says the IFPI gleefully, going on:
“In addition, he was ordered to cover the costs of publishing the judgement in two French broadsheets Liberation and Le Parisien. The publication of the ads will act as a reminder and deterrent to all those who are exposing themselves to the same risks of legal action.”
IFPI boss John Kennedy, who used to run France’s UMG label, one of the IFPI’s owners together with EMI (Britain), Warner (US) and Sony BMG (Japan, Germany), issued the usual, “this is a clear message” and “all those who think” and “you are not immune” platitudes.
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on- and offline protest - ‘We’re all pirates’, p2pnet, February 3, 2005