A federal court in Illinois, US has ordered Kywan Fisher from Hampton to pay $1.5m to adult entertainment firm Flava Works for sharing 10 of their movies on BitTorrent.
The fine is claimed to the biggest in a file-sharing case under current US copyright law.
Fisher was found guilty of infringing Flava’s copyright based on the fact that each of the films distributed had a unique encrypted code that was specific to him.
In 2011, Flava Works sued Fisher and several others in a case that differed from so-called John Doe lawsuits because Flava Works had detailed information on the defendants who had paid accounts on its movie portal.
BitTorrent is used by individuals and organisations to distribute their own or licensed materials like film, video, and music.
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