The curator of a website that offered links to locations that offered illegal content for download has been sentenced to four years in prison by Newcastle Crown Court.
Anton Vickerman ran the link hosting site Surfthechannel.com since 2007 and has been charged with facilitating the infringement of copyrighted material.
According to Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Vickerman generated an income of more than £300,000 per year from the site.
"This case conclusively shows that running a website that deliberately sets out to direct users to illegal copies of films and TV shows will result in a criminal conviction and a long jail sentence," said FACT director general Kieron Sharp.
"Mr Vickerman knew what he was doing from the outset, having been involved in the pirate community for some time. This was not a passive search engine. Surfthechannel was created specifically to make money from criminal activity and it became the biggest site of its kind on the internet within two years."
Police say that at the time of Vickerman's arrest, Surfthechannel was receiving more than 400,000 visitors a day. He was said to have run the site through a shell company and funnelled its profits to a bank account in Latvia.
Vickerman and his wife were arrested after FACT and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) hired a private investigator to look into the couple.
The investigator reportedly tricked the couple into thinking he was interested in buying their home so he could gain access to their computer equipment and take pictures of the site's systems.
Once the investigator's evidence was obtained police were able to raid the Vickerman's home and make the arrests.
The Surfthechannel take down continues the MPAA's drive towards eradicating piracy. The association has been trying to extradite UK citizen Richard O'Dwyer to the US so he could stand trial for piracy for the better part of the last year.
O'Dwyer is wanted for his part in running link hosting piracy site TVshack.com. The 24-year-old college student has been accused of profiting from copyright infringement stemming from the site.
A petition to circumvent the extradition of O'Dwyer broke the 200,000 signature barrier last month.
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