Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail for Selling Six Counterfeit Discs

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I guess they’re calling it Copyright Terrorism! This report shows just how friendly the recording industry is with your friendly neighborhood law enforcement.

Via RT:

A Mississippi man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and another three under supervised release this week after pleading guilty to selling five counterfeit DVDs and one bootleg music CD to an undercover agent.

Patrick Lashun King, 37, was sentenced by Judge Lamar Pickard of Copiah County Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to six counts of selling pirated material, charges that he was lobbed with after an undercover agent attempted to purchase just a half-dozen homemade copies of music and movies the defendant wasn’t authorized to have up for sale.

When investigators searched King’s home and businesses, they eventually turned up 10,510 counterfeit discs and the computer equipment they believe he used to manufacture the bootlegs. The Clarion Ledger notes that authorities also uncovered a number of weapons, including an assault rifle, from King’s Hazlehurst, MS home, but it was only the six counts of piracy that will put him away until 2027.

King’s sentencing is the second of two piracy cases resolved in Mississippi court as of late that resulted in hefty sentences for the accused. On October 31, Antwun Sharell Jones of Meridian, MS was sentenced to two years for selling a single pirated movie.

“Anyone who is selling counterfeit goods in Mississippi should be well aware by now that he or she will be arrested and will face a serious prison term,” State Attorney General Jim Hood remarked of the so-called successes.

Brad Buckles, executive vice president of anti-piracy for the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA), hailed the latest prosecution and told Hood it “demonstrates that theft of intellectual property is treated as a serious crime in Mississippi.”

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Okay, but from an accounting point of view, can the company holding the copyright claim the taxpayer’s expenditures for housing, feeding, guarding the prisoner, etc., as revenue on it’s financial statements? This could be an enormous boost for a stock market sagging on mediocre corporate returns.

  • bobbiethejean

    I understand the need to punish criminals like this but 15 years!? A convicted, 100% guilty RAPIST will not spend that much time in jail! That is beyond absurd!

  • Calypso_1

    “demonstrates that theft of intellectual property is treated as a serious crime in Mississippi.”

    If only this statement were an indictment of the entire State of Mississippi given the general state of intellectual product produced by its education system. Several decades at the bottom of education & human development should surely be a more egregious example of ‘theft’ than pimping copies of Hollywood swill in a microtown with 15% more residents in poverty than than the national average.

  • Marklar_Prime

    He should have become a banker and stole from widows, orphans, and retirees. He’d be a free man.

  • Anarchy Pony

    The mafia doctrine. You don’t fux wit da boss.

  • Fools

    Probably a black guy, always harsh sentences for african americans. If anything the industry should hire this man and take a cut, instead of arresting him, costing others money for prison. They make an attractive product, that is hard to protect and dont expect people attempting to watch it anyway possible out of inpulse, even if they dont have the funds for it. Its their fault too, that people are watching, I’d rather they don’t make any content than having people arrested over it, the industry needs to try working with donations, like in politics. Draconian bull. I disagree with selling bootleg discs close to full, the profit is high, but 15 years is too much, they should help him open a small business,with grants, similar to what they did with the banks.

    • BuzzCoastin

      I checked; he’s Black.
      Black’s are 7 times more likely to be jailed the whites.
      25% of American Blacks have been imprisoned at least once.
      God Bless White America!

  • BuzzCoastin

    and yet
    the Banksters, Bush, Cheney and Obummer go free
    because maleficence in office & gross corruption

    is not a crime in the Land of the Free to be silent

  • L.J.Silver (Capn)

    It’s about time someone started taking Piracy as seriously as it deserves. What’s the point of having robust laws, if you never use them properly. Well done Judge Pickard. You are a shining example of true Justice!

  • Evil_Pirate

    First of all, this guy is stupid for selling pirated material to a stranger. **hypothetically** If I were to do this, I would only sell to people I knew. ;-)

    I agree you SHOULD be punished if you profit from selling pirated material. However, I DO NOT agree with prosecuting individuals for downloading pirated material for personal use. I personally own Blu-ray movies that I purchased and I still download pirated copies because the pirated copies contain less BS and are much easier to copy or transfer from one device to another. If I want to watch a movie I just click on the file and don’t have to sit through any BS, the movie just starts playing right away. Until Hollywood can deliver a better product than the pirates I’m going to continue to download the pirates versions. Also, if I’m sitting in my room at 1:30 am and I decide I want to watch a movie that just came out. I can just click on a link, download it quickly on my 150+ Mb/s connection and then watch it on my 55″ TV that’s plug into the computer as an additional monitor. No moving or waiting! No red tape! No previews! And no BS! Just the movie I wanted when I wanted it. Works with TV shows too. Bestbuy, Blockbuster and Netflix ain’t got shit on TBP.

    • Evil_Pirate

      TPB… woops ;-)

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