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Barry Gitarts, 25, was convicted of “conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement†and found guilty by a jury in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia yesterday for his 2003-2004 participation in a release group that provided pirated content on the Internet.
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Umm... you spelt Jail wrong in your title you have "Jial"
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Umm... you spelt Jail wrong in your title you have "Jial"
Thx fixed.
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Server hosted in the US... He was asking for it.
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Girtis faces five years in federal prison, $250,000 in fines, three years of supervised release and - ouch! - full restitution.
Sucks to be that guy.
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Server hosted in the US... He was asking for it.
Definitely. I was kinda shocked that he could be facing up to 5 years in federal prison though.
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Not surprising. I mean, it's not like these industries report profit year after year or anything, right? What a heinous crime this man committed!
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Not surprising. I mean, it's not like these industries report profit year after year or anything, right? What a heinous crime this man committed!
If someone stole your intellectual property, I can guarantee you'd be pretty pissed, too.
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If someone stole your intellectual property, I can guarantee you'd be pretty pissed, too.
I have no intellectual property per se and that which i do create I release for free.
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Not surprising. I mean, it's not like these industries report profit year after year or anything, right? What a heinous crime this man committed!
You break the law, there's always the possibility of going to jail - just law or no.
I was in court the other day for a traffic ticket, and the guy in front of me didn't have money to pay his fines, so they took him hauled him off to jail for 30 days.

Law and Justice, as any first-year law student is aware, are not mutually inclusive entities. They may intersect from time to time, but fairly regularly have little to do w/ each other.

Personally, I believe this is a manifestly civil matter and the criminal courts shouldn't be bothered to hear any case dealing w/ copyright infringement. But it's on the books, and this time, the book got thrown.
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