Spanish Prosecutors Demand €6m Compensation from Piracy Site Operators

PROSECUTORS in the case against three operators of Spain’s largest film and video game piracy site have demanded €6m in compensation from the accused.

Three men who operated the Descargasmix piracy website will face trial in a Sevilla court in July 2021, with prosecutors calling for 6-year prison sentences alongside a compensation fine of over €6 million. The website was the 72nd most visited page in Spain, attracting 60,000 daily visitors who could freely access pirated content ranging from films and football matches to magazines and video games.

The three accused are from Sevilla, Madrid, and Argentina respectively, and have been charged following a Guardia Civil crackdown on web piracy that began in 2015. One of the men, a Sevillian, allegedly established the site in 2009 but handed over ownership to an Argentinian man in 2015 to evade detection. A third accused man, from Madrid, “knew and actively participated in the administration” of the lucrative website since at least 2012 according to Sevilla prosecutors.

Descargasmix.com, which reportedly continues to operate, is one of the main piracy websites in the Spanish language market. It generated enormous advertising revenues from its site, which hosted huge amounts of pirated content shared by users in an open-source system.


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