French downloader jailed
A Frenchman who sold CDs made from songs he downloaded from the Net has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined EUR 1,000 ($1,250).
Bruno Dugas, 38, was found guilty of breaking copyright by setting up a web-based business through which he offered to sell CDs containing mp3s from p2p sites, says Agence France-Presse here.
Proceeds from the fine will go to the SPPF, a French body representing music producers and studios, according to the verdict handed down January 28.
Dugas was also ordered to publicise the judgement in two newspapers, says AFP, adding:
"So far, legal action in Europe has been limited to prosecuting people who have tried to make money off the trend, but recording companies have warned that home users adding to their own and others' personal music collections could be next, as is already happening in the United States."