Piracy is a vile crime and governments are standing up to curb piracy through establishing punishment. Recently a thirty-seven-year old man in Mississippi has been sent to prison for 15 years for selling pirated CDs and DVDs.
Thirty-seven-year old Patrick Lashun King sold six pirated items (five films and one music CD) to an undercover agent from the Attorney General’s Intellectual Property Theft Task Force, disguised as a common citizen. King was arrested and after further investigation it was found that King had equipment for copying DVDs and CDs and he had already made 10,510 pirated discs. That’s not all. King had illegal weapons too. So the Copiah County Circuit Court ordered to send him to jail for 15 years and after his release he’ll be under supervision for more three years. Be noted, this is not the first time King has received punishment. In 2003, he received one year house arrest for selling copyrighted material.
In a statement Brad Buckles, executive VP of Anti-Piracy at RIAA, said, “This sentencing demonstrates that theft of intellectual property is treated as a serious crime in Mississippi and highlights the fact that the individuals engaging in these activities are frequently serial criminals for whom IP theft is simply the most convenient and profitable way they could steal from others”.
Buckles thanked the Attorney General for his leadership in “IP enforcement” and to “dedicated law enforcement officers and prosecutors who worked on the case”.
Source : TorrentFreak