Denmark: Operators of pirate linking sites get suspended sentences

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A pirate linking site is a Web site that links to another site that actually provides the illegal content.  Denmark’s Rights Alliance reported that the owner of the linking Web site popcorn-time.dk contributed to copyright infringement by linking to the illegal streaming service, Popcorn Time, from August 2014 to August 2015.

In addition to having the domain confiscated, the offender received 20 days probation and was fined 10,000 Danish kroner (about US$1,600). It was estimated that the site brought in about $10,000 in fraudulent ad revenue, place by Google.

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Read the details of the popcorn-time.dk case

It was not the first case…

Earlier in 2020, the operator of the site popcorntime.dk (no hyphen) was given a harsher suspended sentence of 6 months, 120 hours of community service, and a fine of up to DKK500,000.  The stiffer penalty was because the operator provided consulting services and

Read the details of the popcorntime.dk case

(Both are translated from Danish by Google Translate)

Why it matters

These penalties are similar in magnitude to those against relatively small offenders in the UK.  Neither of them were considered to be large industrial sites, which surely would have received greater penalty commensurate with the scale of the offense.

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