Mobile phone engineer fined for file-sharing

A mobile phone engineer who shared unauthorised software on a peer-to-peer network has been ordered by the High Court to pay costs and damages to the Federation Against Software Theft.

A mobile phone engineer who shared unauthorised software on a peer-to-peer network has been ordered by the High Court to pay costs and damages to the Federation Against Software Theft.

The engineer, from Epping, was identified as part of a ten-month investigation by the Federation on a project codenamed Operation Tracker.

The Federation had been granted confidential customer details off ISPs, to allow it to bring actions against alleged file sharers.
 
The engineer was contacted on two separate occasions, and was notified in writing that illegal content had been found and made available for sharing on his PC.

The Federation said the letters had invited him to settle, pay a licence fee and contribution to costs, and sign an undertaking that he would not commit the offence again. The engineer did not respond, the High Court was told.

The court ordered the defendant, who claimed he did not receive any letters from the Federation, to pay damages and the Federation’s costs amounting to £3,400.

The high street price of the software being shared is said to have been worth £35.

Related article: Government gets tough on software licensing

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