Man sentenced to 33 months in prison for filming in cinema

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28896675

A man, Philip Danks (25) has been convicted of recording a film (Fast And Furious 6) in a cinema in Walsall and uploading it to the internet. Another man, Michael Bell, was also convicetd and received sentence of 120 hours community service.

A statement distributed by FACT, Det Sgt Rod Rose of West Midlands Police said: “We assisted the Federation Against Copyright Theft throughout this case with search warrants, forcing entry to addresses and making arrests. We also supported with evidence recovery and interviewing suspects.”


#2

The statement from the police is worrying, as it makes it clear who was in charge - an unaccountable trade organisation. Surely a criminal investigation should have been led by the police?

And as this was a straightforward case of copyright infringement, why was it prosecuted as a criminal case rather than a civil case?

When a multi-billion pound company knowingly infringes another’s intellectual property or copyright on a massive scale for profit it is brought to court as a civil case. But when an individual infringes copyright not for personal gain it is a criminal matter. :confused: