Court: Fan-made subtitles are illegal

Court: Fan-made subtitles are illegal
In Sweden, a long-running court case against local subtitle download site has finally finished. Court decided that distributing subtitles to movies and TV series, even when the subtitles have been made by fans for free, is in deed, illegal.

Case was brought against Undertexter.se back in 2013 when police seized site's servers and case was filed against the site's owner Eugen Archy for breaking the copyright legislation.



Court had to decide on a case where the subtitles the site distributed, weren't actually ripped from the original DVDs, but rather, made by fans of the movie / TV series. Defendant claimed that the artwork called "movie" consisted just the audio and video tracks, but court didn't accept that. Court found that converting the audio track to written form, even when translated, still carried original movie's copyrights. Thus, distributing such material, breached the copyrights of the movie studio.

Archy has to pay 217'000SEK (about $28'000 or 22'800) in damages to the copyright holders.

Written by: Petteri Pyyny @ 15 Sep 2017 8:14
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  • 9 comments
  • gbswales

    I fail to understand why the film owners would even bother about this.

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    15.9.2017 12:30 #1

  • RichardvonBacon

    It is very simple. They want people to pay for their entertainment. What would you need external subtitles for if not pirated content? Very simple. I don't agree with it but it's not that hard to understand really.


    15.9.2017 19:02 #2

  • HS114

    "What would you need external subtitles for if not pirated content?"

    Another very simple alternative does not involve pirated material.

    The film was never distributed in the language of the watcher. Arthouse, independent producers, low budget films are some examples.

    When was the last time you saw a film distributed with every language in the world covered? I never have.

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    16.9.2017 05:50 #3

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by HS114: "What would you need external subtitles for if not pirated content?"

    Another very simple alternative does not involve pirated material.

    The film was never distributed in the language of the watcher. Arthouse, independent producers, low budget films are some examples.

    When was the last time you saw a film distributed with every language in the world covered? I never have.
    Totally ridiculous; the only time you need fan subs are when the company selling the film can't be bothered to make them. I've bought numerous titles that had no english at all because the fan subs were available. Those are additional sales they get without additional time/money investment.

    If I had pirated them, then that is already illegal...if they come with fan subs it wouldn't magically make it OK or anything. Plus, they can't claim lost sales this way if they are not offering it in the target language. The whole point of these laws is to protect content; not to restrict who can appreciate it.

    So...if this has any effect on piracy it will be to make it comparatively better. If it has any effect on sales it will be to reduce them. Plus it (once again) makes the content providers look like a**holes. I sort of hope this causes a spike in piracy; scumbags like this deserve nothing.

    16.9.2017 10:41 #4

  • HS114

    Are you saying my reply is totally ridiculous? As you seem to be agreeing with me by the end.

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    16.9.2017 11:20 #5

  • dicaprio

    Must be fake news. Dont think its true.

    16.9.2017 13:10 #6

  • ivymike

    Another day, another bullshit court ruling to benefit the super rich.

    16.9.2017 17:55 #7

  • hearme0

    What a waste of time, taxpayer money and effort for something minuscule as this.

    19.9.2017 11:19 #8

  • FredBun

    If your deaf and rely on subs this ruling really sucks

    4.10.2017 07:21 #9

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