A 58 year-old nurse from Ayr has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal filesharing.

Anne Muir was caught after intelligence from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) revealed she was a "Prolific" user of P2P filesharing networks.

Muir admitted distributing copyrighted material, mostly karaoke files, worth £54,000 and pleased guilty to contravening section 107(1)(e) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Nearly 7,5000 digital music files and more than 24,000 karaoke files were found on her PC after it was seized by Scottish Police.

Muri's lawyer, Lorenzo Alonzi, claimed his client was not file-sharing for financial gain.

"It has to be stressed that this offence was not committed for any desire to make money," he said.

"Mrs Muir was not in any way trying to distribute on a large scale. She had a very big quantity of these files because she was hoarding - a symptom of a severe obsessive personality disorder that she suffers from. She has, for many years, suffered from bouts of depression, which causes her to have extremely low self-esteem."

Muir will be sentenced at Ayr Sheriff Court later this month.

Mirian Watson, district procurator fiscal for Ayr, said: "Illegally flouting copyright laws is tantamount to theft and not only deprives legitimate companies and artists of earnings, but also undermines the music industry as a whole.

"We will continue to work effectively with law enforcement in this area and to apply our robust prosecution policy."

However, the Open Rights Group (ORG) criticised the ruling.

"It is not clear the music industry has lost any money as a consequence [of this]," said Peter Bradwell, from the ORG.

"She is now facing a fine of thousands of pounds and is being labelled a criminal. What she has done is no worse than a teenager hoarding cassettes."