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William R. Trowbridge, of New York, and Michael Chicoine, of Texas, will be going from file sharing to cell sharing following their guilty pleas to Federal charges of using a peer-to-peer network. Oops, Aunty means of violating copyrights on peer-to-peer networks. Because of course just using a peer-to-peer network is not illegal, so long as you use it for legal purposes.
According to the Justice Department, Trowbridge and Chicoine were each part of the Underground Network, a file-sharing community in which each of the defendants alledgedly operated hubs.
The charges, resulting from an undercover sting operation which was, according to at least one account, “prompted in part by pressure from the major movie studios and record companies”, carry fines of up to $250,000 and penalties of up to 5 years in Federal prison.
Scheduled to be sentenced on April 29th, neither man could be reached for comment. They were too busy downloading music to carry them through those lonely times in prison.
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