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Software pirate in Czech Republic was saved by getting 200K YouTube hits on anti-piracy film

By dkpope
Nov 27, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/11/2015-11-26-image-2.png" /></p> <p>YouTube just saved one guy a lot of money. TorrentFreak reports that the <a href="https://torrentfreak.com/busted-pirate-told-to-get-200k-youtube-hits-or-face-huge-fine-151125/">Czech Republic&rsquo;s first convicted software pirate</a> was offered an unusual punishment method: star in an anti-pirating PSA and get 200,000 views on YouTube, or pay a huge fine. Luckily for him the video now has over 400,000 views.</p> <p>The man, only known as Jakub F, was found guilty of sharing illegal copies of Windows and other copyrighted software online over the past eight years. He originally got a three-year suspended sentence and was asked to hand over his PC, hard drives and DVD backups. He was also slapped with a 5.7 million crown ($223,709) fine to cover damages to software producers. Jakub F couldn&rsquo;t pay the fine, so the Business Software Alliance (BSA) helped him settle out-of-court with rightsholders. That way he only had to pay part of the fine and the rest of the money was made up by creating a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKjPutIlBCA">video about software piracy</a> that would be at least moderately successful.</p> <p>If the video hadn&rsquo;t hit the 200,000 views mark, Jakub F would have needed to pay the entire fine. This might be the very definition of &quot;dodged a bullet.&quot;</p> <p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/11/2015-11-27-image.jpg" /></p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/62937-software-pirate-czech-republic-saved-getting-200k-youtube.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/62937-software-pirate-czech-republic-saved-getting-200k-youtube.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/62937-software-pirate-czech-republic-saved-getting-200k-youtube.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. 63Jax

    63Jax TS Enthusiast Posts: 84

    I helped him too! free internet!
     
  3. RobertM

    RobertM TS Rookie

    Glad I'm not the only one!
     

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