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3 years probation for file sharer

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First Scot to be convicted of illegal file sharing

Anne Muir has admitted to the illegal distribution of £54,000 worth of copyrighted music, receiving a 3 year probation sentence

Muir’s illegal activities were brought to light following an official investigation by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). She pleaded guilty at Ayr Sheriff Court to contravening section 107(1)(e) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Using a peer-to-peer file sharing application, 58-year-old Anne Muir, from Ayr in south-west Scotland, was able to distribute £54,000 worth of copyrighted music files. The investigation into her activities resulted in a complaint being made to Strathclyde Police and a subsequent search of her home. During the search police seized computer equipment, finding 7,493 digital music files and 24,243 karaoke files

Written by Nicola Hughes

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