The conviction and sentence is relatively rare in the still-robust ecosystem of online piracy.
A British court has sentenced an Everton man who admitted to uploading and distributing pirated songs to 12 months in prison, a hefty sentence authorities and members of the music industry hope will send a message to other copyright infringers.
It's at least the second time in recent years that a tough sentence has been handed down in the U.K. for similar offenses. In 2014, two men behind the copyright infringing forum Dancing Jesus were sentenced to a total of 53 months in prison. That same year, three co-founders of notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay were sentenced to various prison terms in various European courts.
Wayne Evans, 39, pleaded guilty on Oct. 7 to two counts of distributing material infringing copyright and one count of possession of articles (i.e., computers and other equipment) for use in the fraud. The guilty plea arrived a month after police, who were accompanied by a TV crew filming a documentary about counterfeiting, found and seized several computers and hard drives during a raid of Evans' house.