Police seized 2,000 MP3s from club.
An Italian DJ, whose identity was not revealed, has been fined a record €1.4 million ($1.82 million) by the Italian Fiscal Police of Rieti for playing allegedly pirated material in a nightclub.
The IFPI, which disclosed the information, says the DJ had used hundreds of pirated music files in a nightclub near Rome.
Police seized from the club more than 2,000 MP3 music files suspected to be illegal downloads and 500 pirated videoclips.
The IFPI says the punishment, set by the Fiscal Police, is "the biggest fine to be imposed on an individual in Europe to date for the unlawful copying and use of copyrighted music in the MP3 format."
The fine is subject to administrative recourse. The DJ may be subject to additional criminal sanctions.
Enzo Mazza, director of Italian recording industry association FIMI, says, "We are pleased with the fine imposed by the Rieti Fiscal Police. This DJ was touring clubs and making money out of the music he played -- while those who had invested time, talent, hard work and money into creating the music in the first place did not get a cent. We hope this precedent will serve as a deterrent for those who are thinking of doing the same."