First Internet pirate court case in SA update

A man from the Cape Flats, one Mr Norton, appeared in the Cape Town Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

Norton stands accused of uploading a “high profile South African film” to others using BitTorrent technology via The Pirate Bay.

Corné Guldenpfennig, CEO of the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) said that the case was postponed until 4 April 2014.

Guldenpfennig previously said that they would bring charges against Norton in terms of the Counterfeit Goods Act and article 27 of the Copyright Act for uploading the film.

The case was postponed for pleading and for the provision of further details, as well as to establish a date for the hearing, Guldenpfennig said.

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First Internet pirate court case in SA update