A nurse from Ayr has become the first Scottish person to be convicted of P2P file sharing.
Fifty-eight-year old Anne Muir was reported to the Stratchclyde police by the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) and IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry). When police officers raided her home they seized computer equipment which contained 7,493 digital music files and 24,243 karaoke files, whcih music indutsry estimates say were worth nearly £55,000, the BBC reports.
Muir said she was using a peer-to peer-file service to share the copyrighted files in order to boost her self-esteem after suffering from depression, and was indentified because she had used her real details to set up the online account, thought to have been with the Direct Connect P2P hub.
The mother of three and grandmother of eight was given a three-year probation order and told to undertake psychiatric counselling.
Last night she told Herald Scotland, "I felt gutted it had happened. It was just an addiction, that was all."
The convicted woman's solicitor said, "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 the severe obsessive personality disorder that she suffers from.”