A COURT IN SWEDEN has taken a less than heavy line on the administrator of a popular torrent site by resisting prosecution demands for a jail sentence and handing out community service and a fine instead.
It's a big fine at kr1.7m (about £157,000), and a large amount of the unnamed admin of the SwePiracy site's time will now be spent clearing up canal banks and jet spraying graffiti, but it is not jail.
TorrentFreak reported that the 25-year-old was found in charge of the local piracy site and ended up in a lot of trouble with an anti-piracy group that used to be called Antipiratbyrån but is now called the Rights Alliance.
The chap had been threatened with multiple years in prison and fines with many zeroes. Fortunately, it seems that he and the site have the same legal team as a certain Julian Assange.
The legal team did its job, cutting down the time that our subject will have to donate to better causes. It also saved the torrent guys some money. TorrentFreak said that the admin's lawyer described the case as the "most unreasonable" that he had seen in his entire career.
A local report from Sweden's IDG news service said that the legal team and the client thought that the sentence was still a bit too harsh, particularly the fine, and will launch an appeal to have it reduced.
"I have been in contact with my client and we will appeal both the conviction and the issue of damages. He thinks that the court went high with the damages," said his representative.
The alternative was a kr25m (about £2.3m) fine. We know which we would choose if we had the option, and we are glad that we do not have to make the choice, but we aren't lawyers and this is not Sweden. µ
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