Man gets 7 years for software piracy
Owner of software piracy Web site receives the longest sentence ever handed
down for software piracy.
By Steven Musil
Published: September 10, 2006, 11:15 AM PDT
The owner of a software piracy Web site has been sentenced to more than
seven years in prison--the longest sentence ever handed down for software
Nathan Peterson, 27, of Los Angeles, sold copyrighted software at a huge
discount on his site, iBackups.net, prosecutors said. The FBI began
investigating the site in 2003 and shut it down in February 2005.
U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III on Friday ordered Peterson to pay
restitution of more than $5.4 million. Peterson pleaded guilty in December
in Alexandria, Va., to two counts of copyright infringement for illegally
copying and selling more than $20 million in software.
Justice Department and industry officials called the case one of the largest
involving Internet software piracy ever prosecuted.
Last month, Ellis sentenced Danny Ferrer, a Florida man who pleaded guilty
to copyright charges in connection with multimillion-dollar sales of pirated
software, to six years in prison.
Software piracy resulted in a loss of $34 billion worldwide in 2005, a $1.6
billion increase over 2004, according to a study commissioned by the
Business Software Alliance.
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