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Industry News 02 May 2008
Man convicted in online copyright infringement case
A US man has been convicted of copyright infringement and circumvention, it has been revealed.

David Fish, who comes from Connecticut, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of probation as a result of his crimes.

In California, he had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, copyright infringement by electronic means and the distribution of technology designed to circumvent security measures intended to protect and limit access to copyrighted materials.

Meanwhile, he also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal infringement of a copyright in Iowa.

Both cases were prosecuted in California.

Mr Fish had scripted, built, managed and operated warez sites between 2003 and 2005. Such sites illegally distribute newly-released films, games, software and music over the internet.

His arrest was part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation initiative entitled Operation Copycat.

In total, the operation has seen 40 people convicted as a result of infringing copyright regulations, the North Country Gazette reports.

One server used by Mr Fish was said to contain around 13,000 pirated titles and transfer logs confirm that he assisted in the uploading and downloading of more than 500 titles.

In related news, a number of arrests were seen recently in China as a result of copyright infringements.

As part of the country's crackdown on the offence, its authorities have begun targeting internet cafes which show pirated material, resulting ten legal cases being brought.
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