Why anyone would want to watch a movie that’s been recorded by a man with a camcorder from the back of a cinema is beyond me, but the fact remains people do it, people upload it, people download it and, well, people watch it.
One man, 25-year-old Philip Danks from Walsall, England, has just been given a stonking 33 months in jail for doing just that, after he filmed Fast & Furious 6 and put it on KickassTorrents. It was subsequently downloaded more than 700,000 times, which the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) claimed resulted in ‘millions of pounds’ in losses for Universal Pictures.
The sentence may seem particularly harsh for the crime in question, but it seems that following his arrest back in 2013, Danks didn’t lay low – he continued to distribute (and sell) copies of the movie. He was assisted by his sister’s former boyfriend who, rather more leniently, was given a 12-month community order and 120 hours of unpaid work.