According to the IFPI’s (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) latest news a Finish court has given a 33 year old man a 4 month suspended sentence for operating a P2P hub using DirectConnect whose relevance in the file-sharing world has not faded yet.
Back in June 2007 the man had his computers and equipment confiscated for the first time for containing a huge amount of copyright infringing content. Soon he used new equipment to restart the hub with but in October the same year authorities seized the new equipment as well.
CIAPC’s Antti Kotilainen has unsurprisingly hailed the court’s decision: “Imprisonment is the right penalty for this type of deliberate, planned and very harmful conduct in which the administrator facilitates widespread unauthorised file-sharing.
Apart from the four month sentence the p2p hub operator was also ordered to pay €307,450 damage compensation to copyright owners.