Pirate Movie Indexing Site Operator Sentenced To Five Months Jail

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The former operator of an unauthorized movie linking site has been fined and sentenced to jail by a court in Italy.

The Court of Arezzo found that the 43-year-old man had operated Vedogratis, a site that supplied links to movies on streaming portals.

The site was founded in 2008 and was said to have generated ad revenue from its 20,000 to 100,000 users per day.

Rather than providing its own content, it was claimed in court that the site pulled videos from Hong Kong-based servers operated by the now-defunct Megavideo.

The man was sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 euro fine.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of 15,000 euros to the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE).

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