Czech software pirate’s video goes viral on YouTube to help him avoid paying a huge fine
Czech pirate’s video goes viral on YouTube and helps him avoid fine Judge in Czech Republic had said the the Czech pirate could escape from fine if his video gets 200,000 views
A software pirate has found an odd way to escape from paying damages depending on YouTube video views he gets for an anti-piracy video made by him.
Known only as Jakub F, the man agreed to produce and star in a video denouncing piracy to avoid paying a huge fine.
As a part of the arrangement with Business Software Alliance (BSA) who represented Microsoft, his anti-piracy video had to be viewed more than 200,000 times within two months of its publication. BSA member companies reached an out-of-court agreement with Jakub F.
The 30-year-old was also given a three-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of pirating and sharing illegal copies of copyrighted software of Microsoft, Sony Music, HBO, Twentieth Century Fox and others in forums. Microsoft alone claimed losses of 5.7m Czech Crowns (about £148,000/$223,000).
A spokesperson for the BSA confirmed the punishment after speculation the video was a viral ad. They added the 200,000 views stipulation was to ensure Jakub shared the clip.
“The district court in Litoměřice, Czech Republic, sentenced Jakub F for copyright infringement to three years imprisonment with a conditional suspension of the sentence for three years, said a BSA spokesperson to the Guardian.
“In addition, Jakub F was ordered to pay compensation for damages caused to the BSA member company rights holders.
“In respect of the damages, an out-of-court agreement was reached between Jakub F and the rights holders, under which Jakub F will pay partial compensation for the damages on condition that he collaborates on a public education campaign about the risks of Internet Piracy.”
BSA confirmed that Jakub will only pay “a small portion” of the damages to rights holders if he reaches 200k views with his YouTube video. If he fails, he “may be liable for the full amount of damages ordered by the court”.