A court in East China’s Jiangsu Province recently jailed a website operator for copyright infringement. The man, who was accused of operating a downloading website, was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The sentence was given by the Intermediate People’s Court of the city of Huaian, which also fined the operator 800,000 yuan (116,000 U.S. dollars) for his violations.
The accused who operated the website BTtiantang and whose last name is Yuan was charged with providing and profiting from a download service for films and television programs without permission of copyright.
The accused was charged with providing more than 10,000 download links, which attracted more than 3 million page views daily. According to the charges, the accused illegally gained more than 1.4 million yuan from May 2015 to July 2016 from advertisements on the website.
The accused was arrested in September 2016 for copyright infringement and illegal profits.