Scottish Grandmother Convicted Of Illegal Filesharing

A Scottish grandmother has been convicted of illegally sharing music files worth £54,000 on P2P networks.

Anne Muir, a 58-year old nurse, has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal file sharing.

Police raided her house after being tipped off by the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) and IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry).

They found 7,493 digital music files and 24,243 karaoke files, worth an estimated £54,792, on the computers seized from her home.

Muir pleaded guilty to the charges brought under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 but her defence claims that she had no intention to profit from sharing the files.

“It has to be stressed that this offence was not committed for any desire to make money. Mrs Muir was not in any way trying to distribute on a large scale, she had a very big quantity of these files because she was hoarding - a symptom of a severe obsessive personality disorder that she suffers from,” said defence lawyer Lorenzo Alonzi, eWeek reports.

Muir will be handed her sentence at the Ayr Sheriff Court by the end of this month.