Thousands of Brazilian internet users who have downloaded movies via Torrent files are again subject to extrajudicial prosecutions, with values ranging between R $ 3,000 and R $ 5,000.
The first charges arrived in December 2020 and those who have not paid the requested amount are returning to receive extrajudicial charges.
A 33-year-old administrative assistant from Sergipe, who preferred not to be identified, was surprised when he received the letter informing him of the crime and asking for compensation.
“I downloaded a movie months ago that I couldn’t watch in the cinema, and I couldn’t remember. The letter was a surprise. I called the law firm and we made a deal. But it was important to raise awareness, I never thought it was a crime, ”revealed a nursing assistant who did not want to be revealed.
The accounts refer to downloads of “ Hellboy, ” “ Rambo: Until the End ” and “ Invasion to the Secret Service, ” all released in 2019.
Those responsible for copyright of productions demand compensation for losses caused by the practice of piracy.
The user screening agency also provides services to the US producer Millenium Media, which owns the copyrights to the films mentioned through subsidiaries called Fallen Productions, HB Productions and Rambo V Productions.
In addition to these films, downloads of other titles are also being analyzed, such as “Dallas Shopping Club”, “Colossal”, “Privacy Invasion”, “Explosive Duo”, among several more recent releases.
On the other hand, experts from the Pirate Party of Brazil have claimed that profiteers known as copyright trolls also benefit from false legal notices involving copyright in order to make a profit.
In any case, it is necessary to research and contact the agency that issued the notifications so as not to suffer from attacks by hackers and profiteers.
Knowing that the downloading of films, series and books is not considered a crime in the Brazilian penal code if the intention is individual consumption.
But it is considered a crime to take advantage of the availability of any type of work without the permission of the owners, and the sentence can take from three months to one year of imprisonment.
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