A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN accused of piracy has had to make a solemn confession mini-movie to avoid being sued.
The video is bleak at the start, reminiscent of a hostage video or one of those confessions you might have read about in Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is earnest, and perhaps a bit scary, but a storyline soon develops.
It is not in the English language, which makes the message slightly hard to understand, but ultimately it warns that you do not want to be caught pirating anything. It appears to be a short rags-to-riches story of a man who enjoyed piracy, then met the police, and was sad. Tom Hanks might try for a US remake.
"I thought that I was not doing anything wrong. I thought that it does not hurt the big companies. I did not do it for money, I did it for fun," says our star, known only as Jakub F, on a special website set up in his dishonour.
"I was convinced that I was too small a fish to make someone grab me. Well, finally they got me."
The BBC reported that the star of the mini-feature has been bailed in a case that involved parties as weighty as Microsoft, HBO Europe, Sony Music and 20th Century Fox, all of which claim to be out of pocket. Microsoft alone claimed a loss of £148,000.
He has also been thrown into the spotlight, and the video (below) has been posted on YouTube. It is reportedly called The Story of my Piracy, but that is not the result we got from Google translate.
The BBC said that a Czech Republic court sided with the wounded parties and sympathised with the economic state of the perpetrator. The court came up with a novel solution, which is where we find ourselves now.
Jakub F is required to hit a target of 200,000 hits on the video to avoid a huge fine that he apparently cannot pay. So far the view count is over half the target amount.
Presumably all parties are happy. µ
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