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by Dave Gradijan

Two Sentenced to Prison for Piracy

Jun 30, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Two U.S. men have been sentenced to prison terms for their participation in online software piracy, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced late Wednesday.

David Chen Pui, 27, of Fountain Valley, Calif., was sentenced to 12 months for distributing pirated works from his own and other websites, and David Lee Pruett, 35, of Auburn, Washington, was sentenced to 18 months for his involvement in the software release group Legenda Never Die (LND), the DoJ said.

Pui and Pruett each pleaded guilty to a single felony count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen of the Western District of North Carolina sentenced Pui on Tuesday and Pruett on Wednesday.

The sentencing of Pui and Pruett follows the recent sentencing of Franklin Edward Littel and Shawn Laemmrich in U.S. district courts in Indianapolis and Marquette, Mich. Both Littel and Laemmrich were sentenced to eight months in prison to be followed by eight months of home confinement.

The convictions are part of a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover sting called Operation FastLink, a crackdown on so-called warez piracy rings online. The operation is based in Charlotte, N.C.

Operation FastLink has resulted in more than 120 search warrants executed in 12 countries, the confiscation of hundreds of computers and illegal online distribution hubs and the removal of more than US$50 million worth of illegally copied copyright software, games, movies and music from illicit distribution channels, the DoJ said.

— Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)

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