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#1 Asrokhel

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:36

The RIAA has welcomed a mind-boggling jail sentence handed to a man who sold pirated movies and music. The 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to six felony counts of selling counterfeit media after he sold five movies and one music CD to an undercover investigator without the permission of copyright holders. As a result he will go to jail in Mississippi for 15 years to be followed by three years of supervised release.

As a general rule we tend to cover digital piracy issues here on TorrentFreak, but every now and again a copyright-related story appears in the physical realm that makes us sit up and listen.

The news comes from the United States and involves Patrick Lashun King, a man who was involved in the selling of counterfeit movies and music.

According to police, King was arrested at his business in Hazlehurst after an undercover reporter from the Attorney General’s Intellectual Property Theft Task Force managed to buy a total of five copied movies and one music CD from the 37-year-old.

Subsequent searches at King’s work and home addresses turned up computer equipment for copying and a total of 10,500 pirated discs. Police also confiscated weapons although they do not reveal whether they were legally held or not.

The case, which was investigated by the Attorney General’s office and Hazlehurst Police Department, eventually saw King plead guilty to the sale of the five DVDs and one CD. But despite his apparent cooperation, King received the harshest sentence for a copyright infringement offense that we’ve ever seen.

Judge Lamar Pickard in Copiah County Circuit Court ordered King to serve a total of 15 years in jail to be followed by three years supervised release.

“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,” said Brad Buckles, Executive Vice President, Anti-Piracy, at the Recording Industry Association of America.

“We extend our thanks and appreciation to Attorney General Hood for his leadership in IP enforcement and to the dedicated law enforcement officers and prosecutors who worked on the case.”

At this point we should mention that 17 years ago King was sentenced to five years for assaulting a police officer and in 2003 he did serve a year under house arrest for CD piracy. Nevertheless, 15 years seems like a sentence one might associate with particularly serious violent crime, not the copying of digital media.

And when it comes to tough sentences, King is apparently not on his own. Two weeks ago another man, Antwun Sharell Jones, was sentenced to two years in a Mississippi jail for selling a single pirate movie.

Piracy may not technically be theft, but the signs are that judges in the United States believe it’s a worthy equivalent – and then some.












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#2 Colin McGregor

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:38

lol

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:41

"At this point we should mention that 17 years ago King was sentenced to five years for assaulting a police officer and in 2003 he did serve a year under house arrest for CD piracy."

Always more to the story. :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:45

Pirating for ones own use is one thing, but trying to profit off it (as this guy did) is something entirely different.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:46

So let's take a look at this -

Sell state secrets to hostile government - get promoted.

Fail to protect American Personnel and Embssay - too busy to answer why she failed, need to be visiting friends, next will run for President in 2016

Murder two people - 10 years

The sentence should have been at the most 6 months county jail , $250,000 fine.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:47

"At this point we should mention that 17 years ago King was sentenced to five years for assaulting a police officer and in 2003 he did serve a year under house arrest for CD piracy."

Always more to the story. :rolleyes:

15 years is still too much when an a** like this guy gets off the hook so easily.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:47

this is a repeat offender, they always get harsher sentences... stop trying to make something larger out of something that isn't that large

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:15

this is a repeat offender, they always get harsher sentences... stop trying to make something larger out of something that isn't that large

F*** this.

15 years is too much no matter if you've been caught before.

There are harsher crimes getting you much less.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:20

F*** this.

15 years is too much no matter if you've been caught before.

There are harsher crimes getting you much less.

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No in this case he was making money off of stuff he didn't own and he also proved that he didn't learn his lesson and for those two reasons alone 15 is good enough.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:36

this is a repeat offender, they always get harsher sentences... stop trying to make something larger out of something that isn't that large


For perspective, this guy got SEVENTY FIVE percent of the sentence that Anders Behring Breivik received for killing 77 people in Norway last year.

The punishment don't fit the crime :/

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:39

Is the RIAA owned or governed by the Zionists?

The sentence is excessive, BTW.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:41

15 years? bloody buggering hell :/ it speaks to the level of corporatist brainwashing in America that some people would condone such a ridiculous sentence.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:42

Delusioned people thinking that a 15 year sentence is a decent amount for burning and selling a few movies.....
I hope if a cop see's any of you spit on the ground, you get jailed for 1 year... because that is basically how stupid this is.
Drug dealers, murderers, rapist, and worst have received lighter sentences than this.
But, you can tell how bad this country is getting, when people will agree with this kind of ruling. Total lack of compassion for humanity and life.
And the whole " he did it before " speil isn't worth takign 15 years away from someone's life. He didn't harm anyone in his recent actions, other than some wealthy C.E.O's... of course, in America, that is the worst type of crime... Crime against a rich white man by a poor man.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 23:30

Delusioned people thinking that a 15 year sentence is a decent amount for burning and selling a few movies.....
I hope if a cop see's any of you spit on the ground, you get jailed for 1 year... because that is basically how stupid this is.
Drug dealers, murderers, rapist, and worst have received lighter sentences than this.
But, you can tell how bad this country is getting, when people will agree with this kind of ruling. Total lack of compassion for humanity and life.
And the whole " he did it before " speil isn't worth takign 15 years away from someone's life. He didn't harm anyone in his recent actions, other than some wealthy C.E.O's... of course, in America, that is the worst type of crime... Crime against a rich white man by a poor man.


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Logic... pfft

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#15 vetneufuse

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 00:16

For perspective, this guy got SEVENTY FIVE percent of the sentence that Anders Behring Breivik received for killing 77 people in Norway last year.

The punishment don't fit the crime :/


and there are a lot of people that feel that guy didn't get enough time for kiling that many people... it's a two way street... the fact is this guy was caught multiple times, he had his chance at change with much smaller sentances... teh more you show you aren't changing the harsher they get with you



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