Scottish Grandmother Gets Three Year's Probation For File-Sharing

Anne Muir, a 58-year old nurse from Scotland, plead guilty to illegally downloading and sharing more than 30,000 music files worth £54,000.

Muir has been sentenced to three year’s probation by the Ayr Sheriff Court, becoming the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegally sharing music files.

Acting on a complaint made by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the police raided Muir’s house and found 7,493 digital music files and 24,243 karaoke files on her computer.

Muir, a grandmother of eight, was found violating the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998. Her lawyers claim that she illegally downloaded and shared music files not for financial gains but for building up her self esteem as she was suffering from depression.

As a part of her three year probation, Muir will also undergo psychiatric treatment to cure her depression.

“Today the court has recognised that illegal filesharing on a massive scale is a serious matter and has imposed a sentence aimed at preventing such behaviour in future. We would like to thank the Strathclyde police and the procurator fiscal service in Ayr for their diligent work on this investigation,” a spokesperson for the BPI said in a statement, The Guardian reports.