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by Dave Gradijan

Georgia Man Indicted for Software Piracy

Jul 11, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A 25-year-old man from Oxford, Ga., has been indicted on four charges of trafficking unauthorized software authenticity certificates, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Monday.

Justin E. Harrison, indicted by a federal grand jury in Georgia, was scheduled to make an initial appearance and arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Harrison is accused of dealing in unauthorized computer software and certificates of authenticity intended to be used with the Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional operating system software, the DoJ said.

The indictment charges four counts of trafficking in illicit labels. The charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to US$250,000. The indictment also seeks to have Harrison forfeit proceeds from the alleged crimes, including $226,257, 25 pairs of diamond earrings, 88 watches and six cameras.

The case is the first prosecution under the Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Amendments Act, which passed the U.S. Congress in late 2004, the DoJ said. Among other things, the law makes it illegal to traffic in illicit software certificates and other labels.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias of the Northern District of Georgia.

By Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)

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