Surfthechannel owner sentenced to four years over piracy

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 - 01:00

Anton Vickerman, whose surfthechannel.com website had around 400,000 users a day, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud in June following an eight-week trial at Newcastle crown court.

He is the first British man to be jailed in the UK for a website that linked to illegal copies of films and TV shows.

However, critics of the private prosecution described the jail term as "deeply concerning, inappropriate and disproportionate". Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, said the prosecution should never have been brought and was driven by private interests.

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