Six Years in Prison For Sharing 18 Songs

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Just a few days ago Russia’s Communications Minister announced that big web companies including Google and Russia’s Facebook equivalent Vkontakte are not responsible for the ‘infringements’ of their users.

However, this doesn’t mean that copyright infringement of users goes unpunished, quite the contrary.

“Russian prosecutors have filed criminal online copyright infringement charges against a 26-year-old accused of posting 18 tracks on Russian social network Vkontakte, Agence France-Presse reported.”

“Russian police told AFP it’s believed the tracks in question were downloaded over 200,000 times.”

“If convicted, the accused uploader faces up to six years in prison, and copyright infringement damages in the amount of $3,600.”

(DMW via Techdirt)

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