12/15/2005

Software Pirate Pleads Guilty

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:04 am

A California man who operated a Web site selling millions of dollars of pirated software has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal copyright infringement, the Department of Justice says.

Nathan Peterson, 26, of Antelope Acres, California, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. Peterson was owner of iBackups.net, “the largest for-profit software piracy site ever shut down by law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement.

Peterson faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 14. Including restitution of $5.4 million, the penalties may be the highest ever imposed on a software pirate, said the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The trade group in 2003 alerted the FBI, which has been cracking down on piracy, of possible copyright violations at iBackups.

Source: PCWorld

 

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