Unauthorized Copying Gets Illinois Man Two Years in Prison

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Published by GameFront.com 11 years ago , last updated 2 months ago

Posted on August 6, 2007, Andrew Unauthorized Copying Gets Illinois Man Two Years in Prison

jail1.jpegIf any of you were wondering, starting an online website to sell illegal copies of video games and movies will get you two years in jail.

Timothy W. Hall plead guilty to all counts against him in federal court after being arrested last year. According to an InfoWorld article, in May of last year, an undercover FBI agent placed an order on Hall’s website, which was Morbidbackups.net, for 70 Xbox games and 48 episodes of the tv show 24. The order came three months later, and contained 83 unlabeled DVDs with the games and movies on them.

What does not make sense is that Hall acknowledged in his guilty plea that he had received approximately $266,000 in illegal online sales, yet he only had to pay a fine of $1,200. Sure, he has to spend two years in prison, but it does not seem to fit somehow.

And I thought this kind of thing only happened in China. He wasn’t the brightest in the bunch for setting up shop online.

via InfoWorld

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