Usenet was acceptable in the '80s – now pirate pair jailed 66 months for abuse of retro network | 7/12/2019 | Staff
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Remember Usenet, the '80s distributed messaging and file-sharing service that predates the web? Turns out the old-school network is still popular in some parts of mainland Europe as a method of file exchange, and thus remains a pain in the **** for copyright holders.

This week a court in Dresden sentenced two men to a combined 66 months in the cooler after an investigation by German copyright protection group GVU identified them as being responsible for Usenet resources, and, which it said were used to commit infringement on a "commercial" scale.

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GVU (Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen) is an association that works in the interests of the film and video game industry. It started investigating the German Usenet scene back in 2015 and discovered that around 4.5 million people were downloading copyrighted movies, games and e-books every month.

In 2017, GVU became part of a coordinated international campaign that shut down 20 Usenet portals across Germany, Canada, San Marino and Spain, including

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According to the organisation, 41-year-old defendant "Gerrit G." created the portal and 33-year-old "Matthias E." served as the technical administrator of the site and looked after the servers.

At its peak, was providing access to around 1.2 million copyrighted items, it was claimed. According to German publication Bild, over the years the men caused around €5.1m in damages to copyright holders.

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Gerrit G. was arrested in autumn 2017 in Alicante, Spain, and will have to...
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