Illinois federal court Judge John Lee has ordered illegal file-sharer Kywan Fisher to pay $1.5 million to adult entertainment company Flava Works.
Flava Works sued Fisher due to his sharing of 10 movies he had paid for through BitTorrent. The damages amount was decided by fining Fisher $150,000 per movie. The ruling has made this case the largest damages award ever ordered in a BitTorrent case.
Through the integration of an encryption code inserted in the films he had bought, Flava Works caught Fisher sharing its movies by tracing the code.
"Defendant's conduct was willful to the extent that he copied or distributed Flava Works, Inc.' intellectual property at least 10 times and caused the videos to be infringed or downloaded at least 3,449 times," Flava Works said.
Fisher was ordered to pay such a large fee mainly due to the fact that he failed to show up in court, therefore not having any defense.
"Given the materials submitted by Plaintiff in support of its motion and in light of the absence of any objection by Defendant, Plaintiff's motion for entry of default against defendant 11 is granted. Judgment is entered in favor of the Plaintiff Flava Works, Inc., and against the Defendant Kywan Fisher in the amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00)," Judge Lee said.
Sharing files illegally isn't as near as bad as running a scareware fraud, though; a woman was ordered to pay a total of $163 million for targeting more than a million computers.