Man jailed five months for running Torrent tracker

— 3:44 PM on October 27, 2006

Grant T. Stanley, the man behind the Elite Torrents BitTorrent tracker that came under fire last year for posting a print of Star Wars Episode 3 before the film's theatrical release, will spend five months in jail for his role in running the site. U.S. District Court Judge James P. Jones has sentenced Stanley to a five-month prison term plus five months of house arrest, a $3,000 fine, and three years of "supervised release."

According to U.S. Attorney John Brownlee, "This is the first criminal enforcement action against copyright infringement on a P2P network using BitTorrent technology." Brownlee added, "We hope this case sends the message that cyberspace will not provide a shield of anonymity for those who choose to break our copyright laws." Elite Torrents is estimated to have aided the unlawful distribution of more than two million movies, applications, games, and songs.

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