South African online piracy case delayed
By Colin Mann

What is understood to be South Africaís first criminal trial for uploading a video file to the Internet has been delayed, after it was referred to a different court ahead of a scheduled hearing.

The case against of a Mr M Norton, from the Cape Flats, was set to be heard February 11th in Athlone magistrates court. Norton is accused of uploading an unnamed TV series to a file-sharing website, ahead of its commercial release.

Nortonís December indictment alleged a loss of revenue amounting to R126,000 (Ä8,420), with the charge claiming contravention of the Counterfeit Goods Act.

Nortonís case has been transferred to the Special Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville, with a hearing scheduled for February 26th.