Digital piracy is common around the world, but as the original home of file sharing site The Pirate Bay, Sweden might have a bigger battle than most. One digital pirate learned this the hard way as he was slapped with an impressive 4.3 million krona ($650,000) fine for a single illegal movie upload.
The unnamed 28-yeard-old man was given a suspended jail sentence along with 160 hours of community service along with his hefty fine. Although the fine was handed down as a charge for a single illegal upload, the remainder of his sentence was handed down for pirating over 500 other film titles. The anonymous young man was dubbed Sweden’s “worst ever” pirate by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance.
The illegally uploaded movie which earned the unnamed Swede his sentence was owned by film studio Nordisk Film AS, which estimated over a loss of over 2 million krona from the pirated movie. According to Rights Alliance, the fine amount is intended to be compensation for money lost by the studio, as well as damages for market disturbance and goodwill losses.