U.S. man gets jailed for selling pirated software

36-year old Courtney Smith from Anderson, Indiana, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Barker to 27 months in prison for selling more than $700,000 worth of counterfeit computer software on eBay.com. Smith acknowledged that he had purchased counterfeit copies of Rockwell Automation factory-management software through eBay, then duplicated it and resold it to other eBay users. Between March 6 and May 26, 2004, Smith received $4,149.97 for selling the counterfeited software in 32 auctions. U.S. FBI agents searched Smith's residence on December 15, 2004, seizing several computers, CDs, and devices used to create counterfeit software. Smith told investigators he made his own Rockwell Automation Software labels to affix to the software. Smith has forfeited the computers and other equipment he used and will make restitution to Rockwell Automation in the amount of $5,200.45. Barker also ordered Smith to pay a $2,000 fine.

News source: InfoWorld

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now good for his ass.. those are people they should go after not broke ass college student and poor people.* cough RIAA.

did i read that wrong? it says he sold over $700,000 worth of software, and only had to pay back $7,200.45? and gets 27 months in jail...

so he made $690,000 and spends (probably less than) 27 months in jail......

hmmmmmmmmm

Buttus said,
did i read that wrong? it says he sold over $700,000 worth of software, and only had to pay back $7,200.45? and gets 27 months in jail...

so he made $690,000 and spends (probably less than) 27 months in jail......

hmmmmmmmmm

No, the softwares VALUE was over $700,000, however he sold it for right around a total of $4,200, so hes having to pay back more than he actually gained from it.

How come pirating is always blamed on the younger people in the world? Then everytime someone gets busted it's usually someone above 35 years old.

I am going to guess and generalize huge groups of people here, but I would say that younger kids to it a lot, but for their own personal use (or among a small group of friends). And older adults see a business opportunity and try to sell large quantities to strangers - strangers likely to complain when they feel defrauded.

Which one do you think will attract the attention of the law and anti-piracy organizations?

Bet hes gutted, just over £2000 made after the fine, a 27months in jail, at least he could have robbed a bank, given his family the money then gone to jail, jeees!