Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Woman becomes first Scottish person to be convicted of illegal music file sharing

A woman has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegally sharing music online.
Great deals on musical instruments

A woman who illegally downloaded up to 30,000 music files has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of unlawful file sharing.

Anne Muir, 58, pleaded guilty to downloading and distributing copyrighted music that were collectively worth £54,000.

She was arrested in 2008 after an investigation instigated by the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) and the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) identified unusual activity coming from her computer. When police raided her home they found 7493 digital music files and 24,243 karaoke files.

Lorenzo Alonzi, her defence lawyer, said that Ms Muir, who is a nurse, had not been downloading the music to make money but to build up her self-esteem after suffering from depression.

He said: "Mrs Muir was not in any way trying to distribute on a large scale, she had a very big quantity of these files because she was hoarding - a symptom of a severe obsessive personality disorder that she suffers from."

Despite the popularity of music sites like iTunes illegal music downloading is still a huge problem.

According to BPI, 7.7 million had illegally pirated music last year costing the music industry £219 million.

Save Money Now And Buy Online TodayADNFCR-2133-ID-800528190-ADNFCR

Posted on 11 May 2011 16:27 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Research from the National Association for Music Education has recently highlighted the most fundamental aspects of an effective practice routine and how to be a better musician

30 Dec 2016 15:56
thumbnail

MusicRadar recently spoke to iZotope to get their opinion on intelligent mixers and how they are impacting the contemporary producer.

29 Dec 2016 13:11
thumbnail

The grandfather of virtual reality Jaron Lanier relays a time when the first explorations into virtual reality were concerned with how to create a real air guitar.

28 Dec 2016 16:46
thumbnail

In the wake of an increasing trend for musicians having to work for free or for less than they're entitled to, the Musicians Union show their support.

22 Dec 2016 12:01
thumbnail

Some formats of compressed MP3 have been linked with negatively effecting individuals emotional state due to their inherent tonal characteristics

8 Dec 2016 13:04
thumbnail

Featuring a whole host of professional grade components, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio is available now at an incredibly discounted price.

17 Nov 2016 09:53

Recent Music News

thumbnail

With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up

20 Jan 2017 14:40
thumbnail

With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits

20 Jan 2017 12:52
thumbnail

A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original

20 Jan 2017 11:47
thumbnail

Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.

20 Jan 2017 11:14
thumbnail

Line 6's first ever artist designed guitar, the Shuriken personifies the aggressive and technical playing styles of metal enthusiasts around the world.

20 Jan 2017 10:28
thumbnail

Building on the foundations of its predecessor the Prophet 08, the REV2 features a whole array of interesting and innovative additions to its format.

20 Jan 2017 08:37