Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP3s via the Internet.

Paris' appeals court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for selling CD-R compilations of pirated MP3s via the Internet.

Bruno Dugas was found guilty of offering the illicit recordings for sale through his AOL-hosted personal Web site.

The sentence, handed down May 26, is the first of its kind from a French appeals court. Similar cases often result in suspended sentences.

Dugas was also ordered to pay damages of €1,000 ($1,227) and €3,000 ($3,682) to collecting societies SPPF and SCPP, respectively. His site offered more than 8,000 titles by renowned French and international artists.

"This decision firmly reminds Internet offenders that they are exposing themselves to the risk of prison for any attacks on creativity in all its forms," said the SPPF in a statement.

The SCPP welcomed the decision and called for renewed support in the fight against online piracy. "This form of piracy cannot be fought effectively until the European directives on authors' rights and e-commerce and faithfully transposed into national law," it said in a statement.

France's new e-commerce bill was passed by the Senate two weeks ago and will become law shortly.