P2P = People to Prison

Five months in prison for copyright infringement. That–plus five months’ home detention, three years’ probation, and a $3,000 fine–is Grant T. Stanley’s punishment for his network-administration role in the Elite Torrents file-sharing service. Operation D-Elite, a federal law enforcement initiative, snared Stanley and two others in May 2005; Stanley pled guilty to these copyright charges last week. The Elite Torrents network (in the words of the U.S. Department of Justice Press Release announcing Operation D-Elite) “attracted more than 133,000 members and, [over] four months, allegedly facilitated the illegal distribution of more than 17,800 titles – including movies and software – which were downloaded 2.1 million times.” The Tech Report, which picked up the story last Friday, contains comments on Stanley’s sentence. (Source: The Associated Press, Peer-to-Peer Charges Net Prison Term, Excite News, The Washington Post, 27-Oct-06)

3 thoughts on “P2P = People to Prison”

  1. I think the amount of time this person was sentenced to spend in prison is not reasonbale considering the “crime” he commited. To me it seems like his piracy did not cause anyone direct damage and that it can hardly be considered a crime worthy o f a prison sentence. I think the better way to deter others from commiting copyright infringement is charging a higer fee than $3000 because copyright infringement only causes economic harm and not social harm.

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