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more arrested in music piracy

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by fatbastard, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. fatbastard

    fatbastard Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2002 Messages: 2,880 Likes Received: 11

    Two university students from Sydney received 18-month suspended jail terms in Australia's first criminal prosecution for Internet music piracy.

    Charles Kok Hau Ng, 20, and Peter Tran, 19, pleaded guilty in the Downing Centre Local Court to a string of copyright breaches.

    They were the webmasters in charge of the digital music site MPW3/WMA Land, which offered 390 CDs and more than 1,800 tracks for download.

    The site attracted more than seven million hits.

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) previously estimated the duo's pirated music operation, providing a hub for the large-scale exchange of music files, cost the music industry more than $60 million.

    Deputy Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson said the defendants had known their activities were illegal and had gone to some lengths to avoid detection.

    He said the seriousness of the offences and the need to deter others from similar behaviour warranted a jail term, and sentenced Ng and Tran to 18 months imprisonment.

    However, he suspended the sentences taking into account their youth and the fact they did not profit from their website.

    Ng, who founded and maintained the site, pleaded guilty to 22 breaches of copyright charges, including distributing copyrighted material.

    Tran, who helped maintain and update the site, pleaded guilty to 17 copyright breaches.

    A third accused, 21-year-old Tommy Le - also known as DJ Ace - pleaded guilty to 29 less serious copyright breaches after using the site to upload albums he had compiled from copyrighted material.

  2. kido

    kido Senior Member

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  3. Telo

    Telo Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 3, 2003 Messages: 4,164 Likes Received: 37
    kind of like benji but with a N and a G
  4. im not witty

    im not witty Guest

    i was just thinkin the other day that its been while since i heard someone get popped over this. time to trim down my playlist again, i feel safe as long as its under 1000 for some reason.
  5. fatbastard

    fatbastard Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2002 Messages: 2,880 Likes Received: 11
    false sence of security.

    i'd type more but my bead seems more interesting at the moment. and my teeth arent going to brush themselves.
  6. fatbastard

    fatbastard Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2002 Messages: 2,880 Likes Received: 11
    ha! look how i spelt bed..bead, man lack of sleep does weird things to people.
  7. me IS cool

    me IS cool Guest

    Wow that is on some fucked up level. Damn prison time for distributing music files?

    Not cool. :(
  8. metallix

    metallix Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 7, 2001 Messages: 2,955 Likes Received: 1

    yea man there trying to stop people from sharing. if you make them fear shearing, you've crippled the p2p system.
  9. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    Sheep fear shearing.
  10. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    there's a new version of peer guardian out. i suggest getting ahold of it
  11. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    no, i think its like 'ing' but i could be wrong. im almost positive its not 'enn-gee' though
  12. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    it is indeed "ing"
  13. l0rdka0s

    l0rdka0s Banned

    Joined: Dec 31, 2002 Messages: 8 Likes Received: 0
    yeah they wont get me no they wont. Ive got ownership of more than 4000 total mp3s, and 75% of my CD book 72 cds total is burned.

    Fuck what they call piracy, mp3s have introduced me to more and more new bands that i have paid plenty of money to for merchandise and shows. And they wont go after the companies that make burners because thats where they get thier mass duplication machines...

  14. NOBODY

    NOBODY Member

    Joined: Aug 15, 2002 Messages: 263 Likes Received: 1
    i wish they would just lower the price of cd's.if it costs 75 cents to produce a cd then i dont understand why it comes out to 20 dollars after taxes and all that.it seems like everyone is getting their cut when you buy a cd and your left paying way too much. i think they should consider lowering the price of cd's and i would gladly start buying music again.kind of like you do your part and ill do mine type of thing.just something to think about.
  15. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    Well aside the ceos and artists, you also have to pay for janitors, property taxes, salaries for your designers and random other people that go into making and promoting the album, shipping of the actual cds to their destinations, then there is the mark up the store charges to pay their cashiers, rent and then everyone inbetween. Oh and lets not forget the ceos mansion and yatch.

    I'm suprised that this shit doesnt cost $50 a cd.