Software pirate avoids being sued by Microsoft by making an anti-piracy video


A software pirate named Jakub, who was a member of a warez group which distributed multiple content types, one of them being software from Microsoft, has ended up on the list of investigators that specialize in illegal sharing. It began with Jakub receiving court summons, stating that he needs to pay about 6 million CZK (~$235K) for all the damages he had caused to a wide range of companies. One day, the police came right to his work to pick him up. He had to confront just about everyone: the police, lawyers, judges

Jakub knew that paying such a big amount seemed borderline impossible, and in that moment, he got offered a deal. If he can make an anti-piracy video about his story and get over 200K views, he’ll be able to cover it with an out-of-court settlement. As of right now, this video, which is called “It began with sharing, it can end with sharing.” is at 862K views.

Here’s something interested you can hear him say in the video:

I was sharing software illegally, but I never felt like I was doing anything illegal.

If you are interested in seeing the video (which is in Czech), you can do so right here:

Jakub has also made a post on his site (also in Czech) which you can check out right here.

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