Last year, it was the anti-piracy group caught pirating a song for its anti-piracy campaign. Now, there’s something juicier: according to details emerging over the weekend, Lithuanian anti-piracy czar and noted BitTorrent smasher Vytas Simanavicius has been busted for selling drugs to an undercover agent. The exchange involved a batch from the Netherlands, and Simanavicius has now pled guilty to purchasing narcotics with the intent to commercially redistribute.
Of course, the irony is just painfully unmistakable…
Simanavicius, officially Vice President of Lithuanian Anti-Piracy Association (LANVA), will likely be relieved of that position. All of which severely softens his crackdown on a number of BitTorrent sites and trackers.
That includes LinkoManija, currently undergoing trial against Microsoft for massive copyright infringement. Simanavicius was slated to appear as an expert witness against LinkoManija, though the planned testimony may now be scrapped given the obvious credibility (and availability) issues.
The bust follows a long-running, undercover sting conducted by Lithuania’s Organized Crime Investigation Board. According to Lithuanian news source lyrtas.lt, Simanavicius now faces up to 8 years of prison time.