EzPeer CEO given 14-month suspended term

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Supreme Court has convicted the operator of P2P file exchange service EzPeer of criminal infringement of copyright.

Wu Yi-Dar, CEO of Global Digital Technology, the company operating the website, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for three years.

EzPeer supplied software that allowed users to download and exchange infringing movie files, the Motion Picture Association said in a statement.

The ruling marks the end of a long legal battle and overturns decisions made in Taiwan’s lower courts and a previous Supreme Court ruling.

The case was brought by the Taiwan IPR Special Police first in 2002, and was prompted by a probe by the Taiwan Foundation Against Copyright Theft (TFACT), representing the MPA members in Taiwan.

As the first P2P infringement case in Taiwan, it provoked considerable debate on copyright issues in academic and legal circles, the MPA said.

The ruling and sentence of 14 months’ imprisonment draws a clear line in the sand protecting the hard work, creativity and financial investment of the creative community. It also gives us a firm legal basis to protect our members’ interests in Taiwan — and as this long fight for justice shows, we are totally committed to protecting those interests,” said Mike Ellis, the MPA’s Asia-Pacific prexy and m.d..

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