Judge John Anderson said:
‘It may be suggested in some quarters especially among young people that this is harmless fun and film in the cinema is fair game. It is not. Your action was a deliberate cheat on the film companies and the film industry. Fraudulently making and distribution of copies for whatever purpose and whatever quality has the effect of depriving the film industry of revenue.
In current society it’s difficult to imagine an audience wider than the internet having access to such illegal material. Your dishonesty strikes at the heart of that industry. This was deliberately planned and carefully executed offending which I have no doubt would have continued if you had not been caught. I accept that there has been no fraudulent gain for you and I accept your motivation was for self-glory. However, you knew what you were doing was wrong.’