An internet pirate, who cost the music industry £240million after sharing thousands of songs before they were released, has been jailed.
Kane Robinson was tracked down in the UK with the help of US Homeland Security after tracks by stars including Adele, Jay Z and Kanye West were uploaded to the site he started from his bedroom as a teenager in 2006.
The Brit wasn’t in it for the profit though as he barely made any money from DancingJesus.com. He admitted he was more motivated by the acclaim he received by uploading new tunes first. But after 70million visitors helped themselves to free downloads, his operation came to be viewed as a serious threat.
"Of the best-selling 50 singles in 2010/11, 46 were first leaked to Dancing Jesus," said prosecutor David Groome.
Robinson, of North Shields, North Tyneside, was helped by contributors to build up a catalogue of 250,000 songs.
One prolific poster, Richard Graham from Leicester, was also jailed yesterday for uploading 8,000 tracks, two-thirds of which were unreleased.
Robinson, now 26, was jailed for 32 months and Graham, 22, got 21 months after both admitted distributing infringing articles.