A Paris court has sentencedsix people, includingthree employees of TF1, to a one month suspended jail sentence for their involvement in illegally broadcasting Patrice Leconte's 2006 hit Les Bronzes 3 Amis Pour La Vie on the Internet.
Agence France Presse reports that two of those sentenced are employees of TF1's technical service who admitted having copied the film from a version that was intended to be used for promotional purposes.
Les Bronzes 3, 2006's highest-grossing film in France with over 10m tickets sold, was released in February that year while high-quality copies of the film were available for download on file sharing sites as early as the following month. The pirates are said not to have profited from the copies, however the court ruled that they must collectively pay $19,240 (Euros 15,000) to StudioCanal, the publisher of the film's DVD.
The stars of the film - Josiane Balasko, Thierry Lhermitte and Gerard Jugnot - were awardedone symbolic Euro.