Anton Vickerman, who owned the now-closed TV streaming and download site Surfthechannel.com has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud by a court in Newcastle, thanks to hosting copies of streamed video files.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft, which hired a private detective to help unmask and shame him, claims Vickerman was making a staggering £35,000 a month in ad revenue from the site during its peak in 2009, which was earned while serving some 400,000 visitors every day.
Vickerman will learn of his fate when the court issues his sentence on July 30. 10 years is the maximum, which seems a pretty insane possibility for ripping some TV streams and sticking them on the internet. [BBC]