A 22-YEAR-OLD man from Nottingham has been charged with fraud and the conversion of criminal property by facilitating umbrella proxy access to torrent sites.
Callum Haywood was charged earlier this week, according to a statement from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), and faces six charges.
He was arrested in 2014 by heavies from PIPCU and the Federation Against Copyright Theft, and an investigation has been running ever since. Haywood is bailed and scheduled to appear in court on 21 April.
He is accused of running proxies for The Pirate Bay KickassTorrents, but has denied any wrongdoing.
There are two sides to the piracy debate. Each is right in its own way, and each will have a view on the suitability of a prison term for a young man who has effectively held back a fancy curtain on a cinema screen.
A report on TorrentFreak raises the question of the time away from home, and links to court papers.
Haywood's charging comes at a time when media companies and web streamers are jumping up and down trying to stop people making merry with their precious content and, in the case of Hollywood, getting in the way of milking money from past-their-prime action stars and creaky vehicles.
Proxy access to The Pirate Bay has also been a sideshow to the various ways that the torrent site gets around and away from the authorities. But it has long been a problem.
The UK Pirate Party got into trouble about this a couple of years ago, and more recently outfits like Netflix have announced that they will prevent proxy access to their international wares.
Even HBO, which was once thought to be a tacit backer of the power of piracy, has taken great effort to make sure that breasts and evisceration show Game of Thrones will be kept as far away from the internet as possible before launch.
Last time, of course, four episodes leaked early and people got to binge on dragons and merkins for free. µ
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