Another EliteTorrents Uploader Facing 10 Years in Prison

It seems that every few months the FBI manages to come up with yet more people to charge in connection with Operation D-Elite, the joint ICE and FBI raids against the US-based BitTorrent tracker EliteTorrents, which occurred in 2005. Everyone charged so far has been accused of being involved in the uploading of Star Wars Episode III which, at the time, was a pre-release movie, carrying criminal implications for the uploaders under the Family Entertainment Copyright Act.

25 year old Duc Do, of Orlando, Florida is the seventh defendant associated with the uploading of the movie. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for his two-count felony: conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and criminal copyright infringement. He now faces the prospect of 10 years in prison coupled with a $500,000 fine and will be sentenced on February 27th, 2008.

News source: TorrentFreak

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Where in this news article is there any mention of murderers or rapists?

The punishments for those and all other crimes have absolutely nothing to do with this case or this story so let's focus a little.

Every single legit video or audio disc I have ever seen comes with a warning that clearly states the maximum jail term and/or fine that you could face if you choose to illegally copy or distribute the work. As far as I know it has always been 1/4 million and/or up to 5 years in prison per offense.

So why now when people are caught and these fines and jail terms come up, are people so surprised??? You can't say you didn't know it was illegal, you can't say you didn't know what the punishment could be... So, don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

And don't be surprised when the FBI enforces what they say they will enforce. It's really not that shocking.

Glad to see the defendants not wasting everyone's time and entering a guilty plea.

Clearly many on this forum don't understand the criminal system. Murder does not get you 5 years. It would have to be something like involuntary manslaughter + mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances would be something like voluntary intoxication, mutual combat, self-defense...etc

My friend got blackout drunk at a bar and got into a bar fighter. He hit the guy in the jaw and the guy fell back and hit his head on a stool. The guy fell into a coma and died a few weeks later. My friend got charged with involuntary manslaughter + mitigating circumstances. Got something like 5 years in jail.

If you are going to spout something on the internet, at least TRY to make it accurate.

You clearly do not understand the concept of common sense. Spouting off legal bs means nothing, obviously there are special circumstances involved in all situations but 10 years for sharing damn media is plain excessive and ridiculous. The legal system is setup so that corporations get whatever they want and they use the system to furthur their own greedy agenda.

Wake up to what's happening around you.

"10 years for sharing damn media is plain excessive and ridiculous"

Your own personal opinion doesn't give you the right to override the law which clearly states what the punishment is for this offense. If you don't like it, I have a great common sense tip for you: don't do the crime.

How ridiculous, he could go and massacre the MPAA and probably get the same amount of jail time. I'm all for prosecuting uploaders... but give them a hefty fine not a jail sentence with rapists and murderers.

This is ridiculous.

Claim too much benefit illegally, or refuse to pay your taxes, and you never see daylight again.
Kill someone, rape someone, be a general threat to the public, anywhere between a few months and 5 years.
Software/movie/music pirate? You'll never be seeing daylight again.

Anyone else see the pattern? Screw the government, or any of the big companies that they are too closely affiliated with, and you'll get nailed. We can literally go kill each other for all they care though.

*John* said,
This is ridiculous.

Claim too much benefit illegally, or refuse to pay your taxes, and you never see daylight again.
Kill someone, rape someone, be a general threat to the public, anywhere between a few months and 5 years.
Software/movie/music pirate? You'll never be seeing daylight again.

Anyone else see the pattern? Screw the government, or any of the big companies that they are too closely affiliated with, and you'll get nailed. We can literally go kill each other for all they care though.

the sad sad state of the world

*John* said,
This is ridiculous.

Claim too much benefit illegally, or refuse to pay your taxes, and you never see daylight again.
Kill someone, rape someone, be a general threat to the public, anywhere between a few months and 5 years.
Software/movie/music pirate? You'll never be seeing daylight again.

Anyone else see the pattern? Screw the government, or any of the big companies that they are too closely affiliated with, and you'll get nailed. We can literally go kill each other for all they care though.

Here in Pennsylvania you rape someone its a life sentance heck every rape law I've seen has at least 25 years tied to it and many are going to life now... and killing is almost as bad

Lt-DavidW said,
What serial killer got less than 5 years?

maybe not but my point was that these guys are getting way more than they should be

A guy in the UK got a community sentence after being found guilty of 25 sexual assaults - it was only when appealed by the prosecution that he got a jail sentence. The point is that high sentences are often given to people that have committed comparitively small crimes. Sadly that is going to remain the situation, as in a capitalist society it is the organisations and individuals with money that have the power.