White Collar Crime May 2014 eBrief

5 May 2014|In eBriefs White Collar Briefs

In this edition:

  • First South African case of online piracy concluded

First South African case of online piracy concluded

The first South African case of online piracy has concluded in the Commercial Crimes Court in Belville. The accused pleaded guilty to the illegal distribution of the South African film Four Corners on “The Pirate Bay” by using peer-to-peer technology, namely BitTorrent.

The accused received a suspended five-year prison sentence and no fine, as part of a plea bargain agreement with the State. First time offenders can face imprisonment of up to three years and/ or a fine of up to R5,000, while the maximum penalty for distributing copyrighted content on the internet without the proper licence is a maximum of five years imprisonment and/ or a maximum fine of R10,000.