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[*] Post 499763 posted on 26-11-2015 at 16:49 Reply With Quote
Software Pirate Needs 200,000 Video Views To Avoid Being Sued

Software Pirate Needs 200,000 Video Views To Avoid Being Sued

By Kevin Rawlinson, BBC News; there is no date when this was published and I have presumed that it is today, 11/26/15

I've opted to post the ENTIRE article (verbatim C & P) since IMO a summary would not tell the whole story.

A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.

The man, named only as Jakub F, will be spared having to pay hefty damages - as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce gets 200,000 views.

He came to the out-of-court settlement with a host of firms whose software he pirated after being convicted by a Czech court. In return, they agreed not to sue him.

The 30-year-old was also given a three-year suspended sentence.

The criminal court decided that any financial penalty would have to be decided either in civil proceedings or out of court.

The firms, which included Microsoft, HBO Europe, Sony Music and Twentieth Century Fox, estimated that the financial damage amounted to 5.7m Czech Crowns (£148,000). But the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which represented Microsoft, acknowledged that Jakub could not pay that sum.

Instead, the companies said they would be happy to receive only a small payment and his co-operation in the production of the video.

Jakub's film needed to get 200,000 views in order for the deal to be valid

In order for the firms' promise not to sue to be valid, they said, the video would have to be viewed at least 200,000 times within two months of its publication this week. A spokesman for the BSA told the BBC that the stipulation was to ensure that Jakub would help share it as widely as possible.

But, if the video did not reach the target, the spokesman said that - "in theory" - the firms would have grounds to bring a civil case for damages.

A Czech public relations firm, working for the BSA, set up a website in Jakub's name to host the video. A message from Jakub on the site, written in Czech, read: "I thought I was not doing anything wrong. I thought it did not hurt the big companies… I was convinced that I was too small a fish."

In the video, Jakub, who, the BSA accepted, did not pirate the software for financial gain, warned other small-time pirates they too could be caught. Jakub reportedly put copies of Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, as well as other content, on filesharing sites.

The film, in which Jakub plays himself, has so far been watched more than 135,000 times.

The video - The Story of my Piracy - is, the message reads, a faithful depiction of how Jakub initially enjoyed pirating the software, before being tracked down and receiving a visit from the police.

Me here: there is no link to the video in this article; a Google search hit took me to a YouTube website in Czechoslovakia AFTER my search on the YouTube USA site did not return any hits (which, possibly, may have been due to my choice of search words, to include the language of my search words). [Aside: I could NOT find on the YouTube USA site an option that would ALSO give hits from YouTube sites in other countries/their languages and what language the search words would have to be in to get hits from foreign countries--perhaps someone on this forum has worked out if/when that is possible].

The URL for this video is

It is in the Czech language, & its about 2 min long. I could not find any English captions for the video.

I also found, while looking for the video, other hits that gave links to news type articles, which in turn provided some minor additional details (such as he's been at this for 8 yrs before he got caught).
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[*] Post 499764 posted on 26-11-2015 at 17:02 Reply With Quote

If this was posted to Reddit it would be watched that many times very quickly.
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[*] Post 499771 posted on 26-11-2015 at 20:07 Reply With Quote

Like anyone'll take any notice though.
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