The Virginian-Pilot reported that 36-year-old Dennis Newsome was sentenced on December 3, 2012, to 11 months in prison and nine months on house arrest for copyright infringement. According to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Beacon, New York man “also forfeited assorted computers, hard drives, and other electronic equipment containing contraband and facilitating his crimes” as part of the sentence.
The release stated that Newsome owned and operated the online business known as PCTech101, which sold computer software, education and training materials to customers through affiliated websites. Despite being previously sued for civil copyright infringement and “having repeatedly received complaints and notices from webhosting companies and copyright holders,” Newsome illegally sold digital copies of copyrighted works from his websites “at a fraction of the true cost of the genuine copyrighted works,” according to the release.
The example used in the release was computer security training products from the SANS Institute that the manufacturer sold for prices ranging from $750 to $4,295, but Newsome sold illegal copies of for $24.99. From 2008 through 2010, Newsome sold over 766 illegal copies of multiple copyright holders’ products, worth approximately $345,021.68, throughout the United States and the world.
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