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Fifth Member Of BitTorrent Piracy Ring Given 23-Month Sentence

Postby sunnyd » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:44 pm

Story : http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/fifth-member-of-bittorrent-piracy-rin




A fifth member of the BitTorrent piracy ring, IMAGiNE, was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison on Wednesday.

Javier Ferrer, 41, was also given three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. Back in late November 2012, the Floridian pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The leader of the group, Jeramiah Perkins, was sentenced to five years in prison back in January.

In a press release, the Department of Justice called IMAGiNE “the premier group to first release Internet copies of movies only showing in theaters.”

As we reported last year, the group was accused of running their BitTorrent ring from September 2009 to September 2011, where they allegedly would "cam" new movies showing in theaters. While one person was capturing the video, someone else would capture the audio portion in theaters and drive-ins. Then, according to the indictment, the defendants would allegedly "digitally refine" and "edit" the audio and video files before releasing them over BitTorrent.







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