Software pirate gets seven years and $5.4 Million fine

By Justin Mann on September 11, 2006, 11:26 AM
Piracy doesn't pay. Well, not always. We do hear stories of spammers or mass pirates making millions, but more often than not someone who tries to make a profit out of piracy ends up getting caught and paying hefty fines. Just recently, we heard about the fellow who was selling pirated copies of Adobe software and ended up getting six years in jail for it.

It's happened again. A pirate has now been caught and sentenced to a whopping seven years, making it one of the longest sentences for software piracy ever. Nathan Peterson was selling illegal copies of backup software from various companies, using Google ad words to generate traffic, and ended up making over $20 Million from the deal. On top of getting a very long sentence, he will be forced to pay out huge fines:

Typically, software pirates get an average of 22 months in prison. But the hefty sentence dished out to Peterson last Friday by the US District Court in Alexandria reflects the amount of damage caused – nearly double the average software piracy case. Peterson pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal copyright infringement last December. At the Court appearance he also agreed to pay the huge sum of $5.4m in restitution, eight times the average fine.
Of course, for the “average Joe pirate” the increased fines and penalties mean little, being that they are focusing exclusively on those who profit from selling illegal copies. Either way, you have to wonder how the ones making millions can expect to get away with it. $20 Million? Ridiculous.




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danielb said:
So he has $15,000,000 still! and free accomadation and food for 7 years lol. Should be all taken off he surely thats not fair.
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by danielb:[/b][quote]So he has $15,000,000 still! and free accomadation and food for 7 years lol. Should be all taken off he surely thats not fair.[/quote]lol,yes, but i'm guessing he will not be allowed anywhere near a computer for quite some time. That has to be punishment there. And again, gosh, he gets seven years while other far worse crimes get less. Still seems ridiculus to me.
TimeParadoX said:
Yeah some crimes like arson and other stuff like that get less time and some Community Service ( depending on how much you did ) and this guy who just made software duplicates and sold them to the public who dont want to spend $700 for something you can get for like 80% off from a guy down the street.
ExCIA said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by danielb:[/b][quote]So he has $15,000,000 still! and free accomadation and food for 7 years lol. Should be all taken off he surely thats not fair.[/quote]What he should do is simply invest some of the money (15,000,000) in stocks and when he come out of jail in seven years he will be soooo rich!
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