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Piracy websites supplied information that helped uncover the Prenda Legislation scheme

A US lawyer who uploaded pornography on to file-sharing websites then sued individuals who downloaded it, has been sentenced to 5 years in jail.

John Steele co-founded a agency referred to as Prenda Legislation that arrange and ran the porn-trolling scheme.

His Prenda companion Paul Hansmeier was jailed for 14 years in June for his position within the rip-off.

Steele confronted a sentence of greater than 10 years however this was lowered as a result of he co-operated with prosecutors.

Prenda Legislation ran its porn-trolling con from 2010 to 2013 and it’s believed to have netted the agency greater than $6m (£four.8m).

It accused individuals of pirating pornographic movies it had uploaded to file-sharing websites.

And many individuals most popular to pay a number of thousand dollars to Prenda slightly than problem the accusation within the courts.

Federal investigators started probing Prenda in 2012 after it sued two massive US ISPs it accused of serving to subscribers pirate pornographic movies.

This investigation found Prenda had been importing the pornographic movies, to which it owned the copyright, to file-sharing websites itself – to encourage individuals to pirate them.

As well as, the charges paid by lots of the alleged pirates had been funnelled by means of shell firms to cover the very fact they have been really going to Steele and Hansmeier.

At his sentencing listening to, Steele stated he had made “silly selections”, reported tech news site Ars Technica.

His lawyer agreed, including his actions had been “reprehensible, abhorrent, and prison”.

Steele and Hansmeier have additionally been ordered to repay $1.5m to victims of the porn-piracy scheme.