Kane Robinson a 26-year-old internet pirate who set up a music sharing website which cost industry bosses more than £240 million has been jailed.
Kane Robinson, of Wyndham Way, North Shields in North Tyneside founded dancingjesus.com, a website which attracted more than 70 million users and allowed them to listen to almost any song or album before its release date.
The website boasted it was unrivaled in providing unreleased material from artists such as Adele, Kanye West and the Arctic Monkeys.
Despite Robinson’s efforts to remain anonymous, a joint enterprise by British Phonographic investigators, City of London police and US authorities – including Homeland security – managed to obtain court orders to find out who had registered the site’s domain name.
A court has heard Robinson was also behind a similar music service site called CHOONZM8 which was linked to his Facebook profile page.
‘The music industry in the UK loses around a billion pounds per annum.This effects the industry’s ability to find and promote new artists.
‘Existing artists are deprived of royalties and while some may be wealthy and successful, many are not so and struggle to earn a living.’ Industry experts claim the site cost the music industry an estimated £242 million in losses.
Prosecutor David Groome told the court dancingjesus.com was an internet forum where users logged in to share, discuss and request music they wanted to hear.
‘The illegal uploading of pre-release music can have a potentially devastating impact on the commercial success of an artist, making it more difficult for them to maintain a career in music.
‘I would like to thank the authorities in the UK and the US for their work in resolving this case.’
Huw Watkins, Head of the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub, said: ‘The IPO is committed to supporting rights holders in enforcing IP rights and this sentence shows how seriously the court takes such activity.
‘This case demonstrates how successful intelligence and enforcement agencies working in partnership can be in stopping IP infringement.’