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Sony slaps Beyoncé uploader with damages

Sony slaps Beyoncé uploader with damages

Published: 01 Mar 2013 11:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Mar 2013 11:03 GMT+01:00

The 47-year-old man in Gothenburg has been prosecuted and now faces a damage claim from the record company.

Marianne Levin, intellectual property law professor at Stockholm University, told the TT news agency that it is tricky to put an exact price-tag on the harm that the suspect would have caused the artist and her record company.

"I don't think they've showed in a satisfying way how to quantify the damage in these types of cases," she said.

"And I question if it will ever be possible to do so."

The man, who told police he had worked within the music industry, was charged in October 2012 for copyright infringement.

He shared the US artist's new album, entitled 4, on The Pirate Bay site ahead of its planned release date.

"Music sharing cases have been prosecuted in Sweden before, but authorities see this as an opportunity to test how far punishments can be pushed in a pre-release case," the website TorrentFreak commented on the case.

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13:36 March 1, 2013 by StockholmSam
I hope this guy gets taken to the cleaners. He deserves to have his life ruined over this. It was not his intellectual property to release and his actions could affect many people working in the industry.
15:16 March 1, 2013 by HelmiVainikka
@ #1 Agreed, its just as ironic as the pirate bay dude saying "take that Hollywood!" upon the launch of his blood sucking leeches site.

Yeah, take that Hollywood, we are actually all mindless media drones, addicted to your CGI overblown plastic movies and series and we couldnt live without them, but we leech them for zip to satisfy our addiction and make you look bad for making the drugs we can not live without.
10:14 March 5, 2013 by pcs
He has got to be a foreigner. No Swede would dare break the law!!

Oh where art thou Racist Commentators?
15:14 March 5, 2013 by salalah
#3: The foreigners would not be smart enough to do it, because according to Swedes, they are illiterate
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