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Canal+ Demands €7,000,000 From Streaming Pirate, Court Awards €60,000 * TorrentFreak


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Despite being ordered to pay around €60,000 by a French court this week, a farmworker who previously ran a pirate streaming service may have dodged a bullet. According to calculations presented by broadcasting giant Canal+, users of the site who clocked up 1.495 million visits avoided paying around 100 euros per month each to access the content legally. The court rejected the company’s €7,200,000 claim but will Canal+ accept the court’s decision?

canal+ logocanal+ logoThose who stream content illegally online are regularly portrayed as generating huge profits at the expense of legitimate content owners. In broad terms it’s an accurate summary; pirates invest nothing in the creative process and therefore risk none of their own time or money.

What pirates do risk, in some cases for surprisingly little profit, is legal action in both civil and criminal courts. It’s a roll of the dice a surprising number are still prepared to take, a French farmworker…

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