Nine Convicted for Illegal Downloads in Iceland

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Nine Convicted for Illegal Downloads in Iceland

Reykjavík District Court convicted nine individuals for illegal downloads on Monday through the file-sharing website DC++, which thousands of Icelanders have used. The longest sentence was given to Bjarki Magnússon, a 30-day provisional sentence.

Magnússon was given the longest sentence because he established a portal to DC++ on the website dci.is. The remaining eight individuals were let off with two years on probation. Together the convicts have to cover legal costs totaling ISK 2.6 million (USD 39,000, EUR 26,000), DV reports.

“This is a very clear verdict that confirms that the courts find [such downloading] illegal,” said Snaebjörn Steingrímsson, chairman of SMÁÍS, the Association of Film Right-Holders in Iceland, adding that he is disappointed by how mild the sentences were.

The case began when police searched the homes of the nine convicts in 2004 and confiscated a large amount of computer equipment.

A similar case, SMÁÍS vs. Svavar Lúthersson, a representative of the file-sharing website torrent.is, is currently being heard before the Reykjanes District Court.

Click here to read more about that case.