Man Jailed for uploading UK’s Top 40 singles on The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents

Piracy is an issue that cannot be overlooked or ignored at any cost regardless which government is dealing with it. Governments often carry out joint investigations to identify and capture those who are involved in audio or video piracy. One such joint investigation was conducted by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) with PRS for Music and arrested an uploader from Liverpool.


According to the Head of PRS for Music Litigation, Enforcement, and Anti-Piracy, Simon Bourn:
“Music piracy on a commercial scale is a serious criminal offense and this sentencing by the Crown Court acknowledges that. Copyright infringement has a severe impact on the livelihoods of creators and so it is important that PRS for Music, alongside PIPCU, continues to champion and protect our members’ rights. We hope that today’s sentencing sends a message to all those involved in this type of criminal activity, that consequences will follow.”

The 39-year old Wayne Evans admitted to uploading the UK’s Top 40 singles on different torrent websites such as KickAssTorrents and The Pirate Bay. He has been sent to prison for 12 months. According to details released by PRS for Music, the accused used the pseudonym OldSkoolScouse and illegally distributed top hit songs online on popular torrent sites.
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