Music file sharing site man cleared of conspiracy

A man accused of uploading thousands of copyright protected files was found not guilt of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.

Matthew Chow, a member of Rabid Neurosis, faced a maximum sentence of five years in clink and fined $250,000. He would also have had to pay restitution to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) if he’d been found guilty.

But he was found innocent of the charges, and another member of RNS, Adil Cassim was also cleared on Friday in a Houston court. Three other members of RNS pleaded guilty and testified for the government.

Lawyer Terry W. Yates said: “We encountered some extremely complex factual and legal issues in this case. The jury’s verdict was just.”

Chow himself said he was relieved by the jury’s verdict.