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Camcorder pirate gets 33 months in jail for Fast and Furious 6 upload

A man from the West Midlands has been thrown in jail after he recorded Fast and Furious 6 in the cinema and sold copies online. 

Philip Danks attended the first viewing of the film at the Showcase cinema in Walsall and used a camcorder to record the film. After uploading the film, he also offered it for sale on Facebook for £1.50 alongside other films he had recorded at the cinema. 

Fast and the Furious 6 was downloaded a total of 700,000 times, which copyright owner Universal Pictures saysd cost millions of pounds in lost revenue.  

Piracy can land you a 33-month jail sentence
Piracy can land you a 33-month jail sentence

Kieron Sharp, director general of FACT said: “Danks was responsible for recording, uploading and distributing the film and was clearly unconcerned at the time about the consequences of his actions, perhaps believing that the internet gave him anonymity. We at FACT have shown that we will find and identify people committing criminal offences and ensure that they are properly dealt with through the courts.” 

Danks worked alongside his sister’s ex-boyfriend, Michael Bell who was also accused of uploading films illegally. He received 12 month Community Order with 120 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to committing offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988. 

Chris Marcich from the MPAA said it is working with a umber of organisations to stop the illegal distribution of content.

Marcich said: “This is one important element of the wider strategy to tackle this issue which also includes educating consumers about legitimate online sources of content through schemes like Creative Content UK, working with advertiser and payment processors to cut off the revenue streams pirate sites rely on and blocking illegal sites through the courts.” 

FACT managed to seek out Danks when they discovered he was working under the alias of TheCod3r. 


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