Illegal movie download trial starts in Germany

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Posted: May 08, 2012 10:40 AM
Illegal movie download trial starts in Germany

The alleged head of an illegal movie downloading platform is going on trial in Germany.

Prosecutors accuse the man, identified only as Dirk B., of breaching copyright laws in about 1.1 million cases.

The Leipzig state court in eastern Germany, which opened the trial Tuesday, could hand the suspected founder of the kino.to platform a prison sentence of up to 15 years, news agency dapd reported.

Prosecutors say the kino.to movie and TV-series streaming and downloading platform registered about four millions users daily, generating high revenues through selling advertisements.

A kino.to website designer was last month sentenced to three years and ten months in prison by the same court.

Three other Germans involved were already sentenced to prison terms of about 3 years each in December.