Net pi­rate locked up

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AN in­ter­net pi­rate who ran one of the world’s largest il­le­gal movie web­sites has been jailed for four years.

An­ton Vick­er­man set up surfthechan­nel, at­tract­ing more than 400,000 vis­i­tors a day and ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enues of at least £35,000 per month.

The site con­tained an in­dex which linked users to il­le­gal movies on an­other site.

And it al­lowed them to search for block­buster films that were not yet on gen­eral re­lease.

At New­cas­tle Crown Court, Judge John Evans blasted Vick­er­man’s in­abil­ity to ac­cept he had done any­thing wrong – de­scrib­ing him as the “most ar­ro­gant” de­fen­dant he had ever come across.

The 38-year-old, from New­cas­tle, was found guilty of con­spir­acy to de­fraud in June for “fa­cil­i­tat­ing” copy­right in­fringe­ment. His wife Kelly, 39, was found not guilty on the same charge.

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