Development in first Internet pirate case for South Africa

South Africa’s first case in which a man stands accused of Internet piracy has been postponed to 17 April 2014 for a plea bargaining agreement.

That’s the word from Corné Guldenpfennig, CEO of the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact), who said that one of their representatives was in court today (Tuesday, 1 April 2014).

The accused, a Mr Norton from the Cape Flats, is charged with uploading a South African film, Four Corners, to others via The Pirate Bay using the peer-to-peer technology BitTorrent.

He allegedly started seeding a torrent for the film in November 2013. Four Corners opened in certain South African cinemas this past Friday, 28 March 2014.

It is understood that Norton has been charged under the Counterfeit Goods Act, but Guldenpfennig previously said that they will also be bringing charges in terms of article 27 of the Copyright Act.

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