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    A Russian who ran a file-sharing website that allowed users to illegally download Hollywood films avoided prison time after pleading guilty to “intentional large-scale violation of copyright law.”

    MOSCOW, February 21 (RAPSI) – A Russian who ran a file-sharing website that allowed users to illegally download Hollywood films avoided prison time after pleading guilty to “intentional large-scale violation of copyright law,” the Kommersant daily reported Thursday.

    Anton Yelesin, who investigators said personally uploaded movies to his site IronClub.tv, was given a two-year suspended sentence by a court in the Russian city of Naberezhnye Chelny.

    The complaint, which initially focused on 21 films, was lodged last year by the Russian Anti-Piracy Organization, which represents such Hollywood powerhouses as 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Paramount.

    The verdict only specified three films: “Titanic,” “The Hangover Part III” and “Operation Y,” the latter of which is a popular Soviet film. The court assessed damages at 2.1 million rubles ($60,000).

    Russia adopted anti-piracy legislation last year that encouraged copyright holders to report violations in order to block infringing websites.

    A similar case last year against the site InterFilm.ru also ended in suspended sentences.

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