On June 11th 2011, Europe witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history.
The popular movie streaming portal Kino.to was shut down and a dozen people connected to the site were arrested. As collateral damage, several file-hosting services connected to Kino.to also went down.
In total 13 persons connected to the site were arrested, and last Friday a 33-year-old web designer was sentenced to 2,5 years in prison by a Leipzig court.
The man confessed being part of the site, and is the first person who’s convicted.
In the ruling the judge noted that “at kino.to it was purely about making money.”
During the investigation the police discovered bank accounts totaling 2.5 million euro.