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A federal judge is hitting the shuttered TorrentSpy service with a $111 million penalty for facilitating the infringement of thousands of copyrighted works.

U.S. District Judge Florence -Marie Cooper in Los Angeles, ruling in a case brought by the Motion Picture Association of America, said site operator Justin Bunnell and associates must pay the maximum $30,000 for "each of the 3,699 infringements shown."

The case, producing what is among the largest fines in copyright history, was bolstered after the MPAA allegedly paid a hacker $15,000 for internal TorrentSpy e-mails and correspondence.

"This substantial money judgment sends a strong message about the illegality of these sites," MPAA Chairman Dan Glickman said in a statement.
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Ouch
    
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Screw you, MPAA! Insane fines are insane.
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All Great Empires Must Fall....

Wonder how the TPB does it..
    
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A damn good thing too.
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"You do the crime, you do the time" (or pay the fine in this case).

IF TorrentSpy isn't guilty, I'm sure there will be an appeal (there probably will be anyway). But in the end, I have faith in our legal system.
    
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All Great Empires Must Fall....

Wonder how the TPB does it..
TPB is in another country with different laws than our own; i.e. laws that don't primarily focus on the rich getting richer.
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It's organizations like MPAA and RIAA that are making piracy even wider spread. Psychologically, people see organizations like this and move to find different methods of piracy.

If we are the mess, then RIAA is the metaphorical "brown school-paper-towel" that's just pushing us around, not really absorbing the problem, or anything for that matter.

Who here ever saw that video of the guy saying that by stopping illegal downloading, they would most definitely be stopping world terrorism.... good lord.
    
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ok... so now all the torrent tracker sites are going to flee out of US and move to Asia or Europe due to heavy regulations. Great... we just lost more jobs to oversea (not that I care).
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A damn good thing too.
I hope someone slips on your sidewalk and sues you for $500,000. Damn good thing, eh?
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I'm glad this has finally happened, it's about time that the torrent sites can't hide behind the technicalities. These torrent sites are really no different then offering a direct download to the files.
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