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A GERMAN INTERNET USER has been heavily fined for sharing MP3 files.
Rasch Legal reports that the man ran the Switzerland based filesharing outfit called Uploaded.to that offered MP3 files, premium accounts and advertising.
Rasch Legal said its practice includes copyright and press law, trademark and design law, competition law and IT law. Here four music house clients were seeking justice, these being Sony, BMG, Warner, EMI and Universal.
It estimated that as many as 400,000 people a day were hitting Uploaded.to in its 2007 heyday, and that the success of a second website that served 80,000 members and encouraged the use of Uploaded.to as a filesharing destination funded a lavish Lamborghini lifestyle.
A German court fined the man, called DC in court documents and described at times as both an administrator and CEO of Uploaded.to, a total of €144,000, or £125,000, plus costs.
According to a statement from the Amtsgericht München, or district court of Munich, DC's lavish lifestyle needed to be curtailed.
A translated version reads, "Because at the trial have been withdrawn in inspection light images showing the Facebook presence of the accused and his vehicle, a Lamborghini, is the court of the basis of the visible luxurious lifestyle of the accused believes that he has more income than his CEO salary."
"[It] is apparent that the defendant has earned in the past immense revenues through Internet platforms and his lifestyle does not allow any evidence of loss." µ
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