The judge in Aachen, for instance, took into account a case against a similar site called kino.to that was shut down in 2011, Ehlers said. Kino.to was a movie-streaming portal built by a man who also worked on torrent.to for several years, but went on to work on his own site after a falling out with Jens R., Ehlers said.
A sentence against the chief programmer of kino.to was handed down last year and he was imprisoned for three years and 10 months, according to Ehlers. The judge in Aachen then reviewed the kino.to case and concluded that it was exactly the same as the torrent.to case and therefore the sentence had to be as high as the sentence in the kino.to case, she added.
Ehlers expects that Jens R. and his lawyer will appeal the decision, she said.