Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Extra Month in Jail for Publishing Documents

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Extra Month in Jail for Publishing Documents

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AN internet pirate who made hundreds of thousands of pounds from an illegal download website committed contempt of court on the day he was sentenced by publishing court documents on the web.

After Anton Vickerman, from Gateshead, was jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court in August, his blog was updated with comments about the judge, counsel and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).

His writings were not the subject of the contempt proceedings but Vickerman provided web links to documents provided to his defence team by the prosecution that had not been aired during the trial. That was in breach of regulations and a contempt of court.

Fact demanded they were removed from his blog which was quickly done, but Newcastle Crown Court heard that they are still available to read elsewhere on the internet.

Vickerman, 38, apologised to Judge John Evans, who had previously branded him the "most arrogant" defendant he had ever come across. …

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