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Yeah, my bet was more on fines and forcing them to shut down the site rather than jail time.

I think this what is called being a "scape goat" - perhaps under political pressure, the courts are deciding to make an example out of them.

If jail time became the norm for running torrent sites/trackers, those who have the know how to put these things online will be more deterred than if the penalty were only financial loss.

So the record companies are paying off more politicians than the telcos! How things have changed.

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