A Kotka court has decided that a Russian man who owned an online shop called Levyshop.com has violated copyright laws and must pay over 80,000 euros as compensation for damage. The court also ordered half a year suspended sentence for the man.
The man, who lived and operated in Russia, bought illegally copied movies, music CDs and computer games on the Russian market and sent them to customers in Finland, who had ordered them for modest prices. As part of the plan, some Russia tourists were used as couriers for the pirated items.
Levyshop.com had a collection of over 3,200 items and its music CD collection had almost 1,500 titles. According to the court, the online shop was able to sell about 5,000 items before the shop was closed in May.
The Russian man was arrested in May when he traveled to Finland from Russia. The police were working in cooperation with the Anti-Piracy Center In Finland, which began to investigate the online shop in late 2000 after some getting tips from other Internet users.