A computer magazine was fined by a French court on 12 June 2015 for releasing an issue in which readers were told how and from which sources they could download illegal content. The magazine was sentenced on the grounds that it encouraged readers to use softwares aimed at “making available protected works without authorisation”, a legal provision that had, so far, only be used to sentence software editors.
It is the first ruling of this kind against a magazine for “encouraging piracy”; the fine amounted to € 10,000 – corresponding to the revenues that had arisen from the sale of 6.038 copies – and an obligation to publish the judgment in two national newspapers. The magazine’s editors did not appeal against the decision.
Find here an article on this ruling.