Studios want 1.3 mn euros from French film pirate

27th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

An unemployed Frenchman is facing a nine-month suspended jail sentence and having to pay studios over one million euros for recording films in cinemas and putting them on the Internet.

The prosecutor wants the 40-year-old man to do 200 hours of community service, while studios including Columbia, Disney, Paramount and Fox are seeking 1.28 million euros ($1.8 million) in compensation.

The unnamed man from near Paris who has no criminal record confessed to recording 27 films in cinemas in southwestern France since mid-2010 and putting them on the Internet, where they were downloaded over 500,000 times.

He was arrested at a cinema in May after being caught in the act on CCTV cameras.

Lawyer Jean-Benoit Saint-Cricq described his client as a "bit-player, a film lover who made no profit from this activity. He just got recognition" from fellow web users for making the films available.

The court is to hand down its judgement on January 12.

© 2011 AFP

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