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In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the caught-violently-assaulting-copyright dept.

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New submitter patella.whack writes "A guilty plea for six counts of selling counterfeit media gets a defendant 15 years in Mississippi. An undercover reporter from the Attorney General's Intellectual Property Theft Task Force managed to buy a total of five copied movies and one music CD from the defendant, who had 10,500 pirated discs at home and two prior convictions: one for assaulting a police officer 17 years ago and one for CD piracy that got him a year under house arrest. Says the RIAA: '[This] highlights the fact that the individuals engaging in these activities are frequently serial criminals for whom IP theft is simply the most convenient and profitable way they could steal from others.' Frequently serial criminals? 15 years? I wonder how much of his sentence can be attributed to his priors rather than to other factors."

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frist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973601)

frist

Re:frist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973709)

Oh my God, who the hell cares?

3 strikes and he's out (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973603)

Maybe this career criminal should have stuck to misdemeanors like bank robbery and murder; he would have received an easier sentence.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (4, Insightful)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973699)

This kind of thing is ridiculous, and I'm not surprised the RIAA would say something so absurd and disgusting. But one has to wonder, wouldn't you shy away from selling pirated entertainment on physical media after your conviction and house arrest?

Re:3 strikes and he's out (5, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974361)

Well, hey... at least it's a story about actual piracy in the legal sense, rather than just uploading or downloading.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (4, Informative)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973967)

Easier sentence for murder? You realize that Federal punishment for second-degree murder is mandatory life imprisonment and first-degree is the death penalty or life imprisonment? Exaggerate much?

Re:3 strikes and he's out (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974125)

The average penalty for rape in the U.S. is 11.8 years. OP's specifics may be wrong, but the idea's the same.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (5, Informative)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974307)

Easier sentence for murder? You realize that Federal punishment for second-degree murder is mandatory life imprisonment and first-degree is the death penalty or life imprisonment? Exaggerate much?

Federal penalties for murder seldom apply unless you cross a state line to commit same, or kill a mailman, and not even then in most cases.
Its a state charge, and many liberal states have you out on the street in less than 20 years, much less if their prisons are overcrowded.
(Don't even get me started on time off fir good behavior).

New York, Albany EDU did a study(pdf-2006) [albany.edu] and found that 20 years (244 months) is the Average maximum sentence imposed by state courts in the US for Murder and Non-Negligent manslaughter.

Federal District courts in 2004 sentenced people [albany.edu] to an average maximum of 111.2 months.
Post sentence guideline reform the federal average has increased to the state average, and then some. Figures for 2010 [albany.edu] show an average of 23 years handed down by federal district courts.

So I don't know where you get that mandatory Life death penalty nonsense.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974339)

Probably lept from 'felony' right up to what a federal court would impose, not realizing the state would handle it in all but those corner cases.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (4, Insightful)

maz2331 (1104901) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973977)

I'm no fan of the *AA, but it sounds like the judge made the sentences run consecutively instead of concurrently for each count. I am sure the 10,500 copies ready for distribution had more than a little bit to do with that decision, as well as finding weapons in the posession of a felon (which the Feds might still prosecute, if the state turns over the evidence to the ATF - they could tack on another 5 years).

And only a true idiot spends years in jail for something, and keeps on doing it, anyway.

Re:3 strikes and he's out (5, Insightful)

ljaszcza (741803) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973993)

Actually, he should have gotten a job with one of the big banks. Goldman Sachs or such. Lighter sentence yet. Rob a liquor store, get 20 years. Rob 20,000 people of $200,000 in life savings, the feds don't have a case to pursue.

What would the sentence be: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973627)

What would the sentence be for rape of manslaughter?

Re:What would the sentence be: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973685)

Or for the rape of the English language.

Re:What would the sentence be: (3, Informative)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974057)

At the Federal level, manslaughter is fines and/or up to 10 years. Rape is fines up to life imprisonment. First-degree murder is death penalty or life imprisonment and second-degree murder is life imprisonment.

Three Strikes Laws (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973629)

These laws are dumb as shit since they make the judge irrelevant, as it takes away the courts power to hand down an appropriate sentence.

Mississippi is a three strikes state. So this is another "20 years for jaywalking" piece of nonsense.

Re:Three Strikes Laws (5, Insightful)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973701)

I gotta say that if you already were busted once for selling pirate media you should be aware they're out to get you. I think it's harsh but I can't feel sorry for him. It's not like he was using it for his own viewing, he was selling it for income.

Re:Three Strikes Laws (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973771)

Three strikes laws should be thrown out as unconstitutional. If you've done your time for the first two strikes, then you've done your time. Any additional punishment for those crimes falls afoul of double jeopardy.

Re:Three Strikes Laws (4, Informative)

Firethorn (177587) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974019)

While I agree that three strike laws shouldn't be, I don't think it runs afoul of double jeopardy and think that it, at most, would violate 'cruel and unusual'. Of course, unusual would be covered by it being state law 'impartially' applied, and 'cruel' is up to the justices of the supreme courts, state and federal.

You see, double jeopardy is that you can't be tried twice for the [i]same[/i] crime, it doesn't mean that your past crimes can't be used to establish a pattern of behavior when sentencing for a new crime that you have duly been convicted of.

Even without 3 strike laws, it has been traditionally been a judge's option to increase sentence for a repeat offender. 3 strikes, depending on the state, varies between allowing a judge to increase sentence even more to mandating high minimum sentences. The former is good when you get somebody who's obviously 'criminal scum' that's best kept behind bars even if the individual things he's been caught on are minimal. The latter is a tragedy when you get somebody dumb who does something like stealing a loaf of bread for the 3rd offense, or is still a drug/gambling addict*.

*Medical condition in my view. It's certainly a more effective way to treat the problem.

worse than rape (4, Informative)

godrik (1287354) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973635)

"Prison sentences for rape are not uniform. A study made by the U.S. Department of Justice of prison releases in 1992, involving about 80 percent of the prison population, found that the average sentence for convicted rapists was 11.8 years, while the actual time served was 5.4 years. This follows the typical pattern for violent crimes in the US, where those convicted typically serve no more than half of their sentence.[11]"

source: wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_regarding_rape [wikipedia.org]

Re:worse than rape (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973785)

Quite right. If it's not your wife or daughter.

Now they need to apply the same rules to the corporations that steal IP, ignore patents and slime their way through the politicians to buy "laws" to further their profits.

Re:worse than rape (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973857)

Right... that's cause they get to do the additional time on parole. Who says this guy is going to serve all 15 of his years?

Re:worse than rape (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974001)

Prison sentences for rape are not uniform. A study made by the U.S. Department of Justice of prison releases in 1992, involving about 80 percent of the prison population, found that the average sentence for convicted rapists was 11.8 years, while the actual time served was 5.4 years. This follows the typical pattern for violent crimes in the US, where those convicted typically serve no more than half of their sentence.

Must be God's will.

Re:worse than rape (1)

steelfood (895457) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974235)

So in Mississippi, 5 DVD's and 1 CD is approximately equivalent to 1.5 rape victims in the eyes of the justice system. That's real good to know.

Actually, rapists have to be on those sex offenders lists when they get out, which is basically a life sentence. Maybe it's better to compare it to some other crime, like manslaughter.

5 years for assault (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973649)

I'm more shocked that he got 5 years for assaulting a police officer. Seriously? Like someone getting arrested takes a swing at a cop (and then suffers a serious beatdown, taser-fest, etc., etc.) and gets 5 years? Most cops are corrupt fascists who bully society. Cops are just a gang.

Re:5 years for assault (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973751)

Actually, cops protect society, mostly from people like you.
The penalties for assaulting them should be very severe.

Re:5 years for assault (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973971)

all of my family is in law enforcement, so i tend to agree with you. not saying there are not bad cops, i have just not met one.

Re:5 years for assault (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974107)

all of my family is in law enforcement, so i tend to agree with you. not saying there are not bad cops, i have just not met one.

What about all those cops captured on video abusing their authority, lying about the facts, committing crimes, etc.?

Re:5 years for assault (4, Insightful)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974313)

What about all the cops not caught on video abusing their authority, not lying about the facts, not comittig crimes, etc.?

It's kinda like the IT business, for every time some guy steals all the passwords to San Francisco, there are a hundred thousand of us, that do absolutely nothing wrong.

Of course there are bad cops, there are also bad pizza delivery drivers, bad waiters, bad soldiers, and so on and so forth.

It's not like they are politicians or lawyers, where everyone is bad.

Re:5 years for assault (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974031)

Actually, cops protect society, mostly from people like you.
The penalties for assaulting them should be very severe.

People like me? Really, you're launching into personal attacks?

Maybe you feel that cops are above criticism? Doesn't that just prove my point?

Re:5 years for assault (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974067)

Actually, cops protect society, mostly from people like you.
The penalties for assaulting them should be very severe.

No, actually cops protect the people who have money and power.

The have-nots are ignored by the police as much and as often as possible.

If you think the cops are on the side of the common man you are either naive,
or an idiot, or maybe you are a cop yourself and engaged in self-delusion.

Plenty of cops are assholes. I've met more than a few. The job attracts people who
have a desire to bully, and the decent people are not attracted to the job, so the very
job itself self-selects for assholes. And fuck you if you don't agree with me, I could care less
what some cop-loving twat "thinks".

capcha = inequity

The irony doesn't get any better than that.

Re:5 years for assault (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974213)

Good troll, made me laugh. 7/10 would read again.

Re:5 years for assault (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974087)

Cops have the job to protect the public. Their performance on that job and the amount of corruption that occurs in them carrying out that job varies immensely depending on the individual cop.

Yet another misleading headline. (5, Interesting)

Nutria (679911) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973653)

It's not selling pirated movies, it's selling pirated movies on an industrial scale, which is *completely* different from sharing a dozen MP3s.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973749)

Yeah that only gets you millions of dollars in fines.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (3, Informative)

taustin (171655) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973753)

Indeed. And I notice the /. summary, while it mentiones the 10,500 pirated disks they caught him with, doesn't mention the copying equipment. He was clearly in the business of piracy.

Yeah, it's a long sentence for a white collar crime, but so was Bernie Madoff's 150 years, and many of the same people complaining this is too long complained that Madoff got off too easy.

It's only a long sentence if you approve of the crime of commercial copyright infringement.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973825)

It's only a long sentence if you approve of the crime of commercial copyright infringement.

Strawman argument. False dichotomy.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973909)

Did he have 10,500 physical discs or just that many titles downloaded to his hard drive? Was the copying equipment multiple banks of burners or just his personal computer's DVD drive?

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974017)

And I notice the /. summary, while it mentiones the 10,500 pirated disks they caught him with, doesn't mention the copying equipment.

I thought that was rather obvious when you have 10k discs, seriously who burns that one by one in a CD/DVD burner?

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

jon3k (691256) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973781)

And he was a third time offender. Three strikes law, and all.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974181)

And he was a third time offender. Three strikes law, and all.

That's it. He didn't get 15 years without the option for selling pirated whatever. He got 15 years for being in trouble with the law - sufficiently - three times.

He might have got picked up for shoplifting a twinkie, or something, and still got 15 years. But then it wouldn't be here on slashdot...

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973819)

Who sells pirated movies on non-industrial scale? Do you know any one who does? To me, "selling" made it pretty clear what the story was about.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Nutria (679911) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973959)

Who sells pirated movies on non-industrial scale?

The same kind of people who sell anything on a non-industrial scale? (Low-volume cottage industries do still exist...)

Do you know any one who does?

That would require me to know someone who sells pirated movies.

To me, "selling" made it pretty clear what the story was about.

Right. But the implied outrage attempts to link this guy with some shlub music sharer.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974085)

To me, "selling" made it pretty clear what the story was about.

Right. But the implied outrage attempts to link this guy with some shlub music sharer.

Could you refer to the phrase that implies the connection with a shlub music sharer. The title clearly does not. How much more clear can it be when it says "selling"

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Nutria (679911) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974315)

This is /., where the default assumption is that the Mafiaa is *always* wrong.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (2)

Absolutely.Geek (2765293) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973827)

Agreed but getting 15 years for selling pirated material is retarded.....in fact getting any jail time is just wrong. Confiscate all his shit and smack him with a big fine. Will it stop him doing it, probably not but there have to be better uses for that prison cell.

As the above post points out this is more time then the average rape sentence.... and no matter how you play it piracy (not the type on the high seas) is NOT worse then rape. Or for that matter a bunch of other violent crimes which have sentences are around the same duration.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (2)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973965)

Ok... I'm anti-RIAA and all, but... this one is real easy to relate to, if he was stealing bikes & selling them for profit, with 2 priors, would it be fair to say he's a career bike thief? I think so.

Re:Yet another misleading headline. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973843)

Because he understood that the only way to combat the RIAA was to undermine their business model ;-)

Yet another miscomprehension (2)

knarf (34928) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973905)

It is 15 years in prison - who cares about the headline?

Say that this person has sold for a grand total of $100,000.- (street value) merchandise. For that he'll go to prison for 15 years.

Now look at how much money the mafiaa has withheld and continues to withhold from those who actually create the product they peddle. Are they going to prison as well? If not, why not? If you want to talk about copyright violation on industrial scale I'd say it does not get bigger than what the mafiaa does.

Original headline wording (2)

patella.whack (2630677) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973997)

This is my first article sumbission to /. Do editors regularly change headlines? There is a huge difference in meaning between the edited headline and the initial wording, IMO. Original wording: "In Mississippi: 15 Year Jail Sentence for Movie and Music Copyright Infringement"

Re:Original headline wording (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974111)

So the editor did his job for once.
This guy is a commercial content pirate with a prior criminal record, not some kid sharing files via BitTorrent.

Meanwhile, in South Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973663)

A woman got sentenced to 12 years in prison today for brutally murdering her five children. She stabbed four of them with a knife, and drowned the other. And yet here we are, where some guy in Mississippi gets three years more for selling pirated goods. Who's the greater danger to society?

No sympathy here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973671)

He got caught selling pirated content - the 15 year term might be harsh, but I doubt it would have been as tough if it didn't seem like he was intent on mass-producing and selling.

Re:No sympathy here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973815)

My sentiments exactly. Selling bootlegs for profit is a vastly different thing than pirating for personal consumption.

I tell this to DJ's too - they're complete idiots if they charge for their DJing services and play pirated music, but it's pretty commonplace.

Re:No sympathy here (1)

omnichad (1198475) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974251)

Even if they buy legitimate CD's, DJ's are still required to pay performance royalties for each song they play, the amount depending on roughly the number of people at the event.

Jerks like this (1)

jimmifett (2434568) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973675)

There is a jerk like this at the local grocery store every weekend selling cheap rips of current movies out of a shopping cart right under the No Soliciting and No Loitering sign. No one else cares because, well it's, Miami, hardly anyone speaks english at that store (much to my annoyance) or cares much about anything.

Personal use is one thing, outright selling pirated discs is another.

P.S.
MPAA, I hate you. Please burn and die.

But, if you are by chance reading, this jerk operates at the Publix on sw 132 and 8th street during weekends. Throw away the key.

Slashdot != Law Enforcement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974045)

But, if you are by chance reading, this jerk operates at the Publix on sw 132 and 8th street during weekends. Throw away the key.

If you do a cursory internet search, you'll probably find the appropriate place to send this message. Posting on slashdot is going to be only marginally more effective than praying for someone to do something about it, considering that by praying, there is a zero percent chance anything will hear and/or respond to your prayers, (unless some human being overhears you, which is unlikely to happen if you pray silently,) and a fractional percent chance if you post on slashdot.

To highlight this, let me point out that I would DEARLY love for some gorgeous woman, about college age, to fellate me, and let me fondle her supple young body, then have intercourse with her.

How likely do you think it is that my having posted this on slashdot alone, will directly result in this happening where if I did not post it such would not happen?

See? Posting on slashdot isn't going to get anything done. You need to send that message to the correct place, perhaps the FBI.

Re:Slashdot != Law Enforcement (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974185)

To highlight this, let me point out that I would DEARLY love for some gorgeous woman, about college age, to fellate me, and let me fondle her supple young body, then have intercourse with her.

See? Posting on slashdot isn't going to get anything done. You need to send that message to the correct place, perhaps the FBI.

Are you sure that FBI is the right place in which to look for such a woman?

However... (5, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973689)

I RTFA this morning. This isn't Joe Blow getting a few movies from the pirate bay, this is a counterfeiter. Copyright infringement isn't theft, but I'd say this is, as the criminal is getting the money that should have gone to the movies' producers.

Also, the guy was imprisoned for the very same offence before, as well as going to prison for some violent crimes.

This isn't Joe Nerd getting fifteen years for sharing movies, it's Joe Beentoprison making money off of someone else's work.

Re:However... (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973813)

All that considered the punishment is still overly severe. 15 years for non-violently misappropriating a couple thousand dollars? The amount that this person "stole" wouldn't even pay for one year of his imprisonment.

Re:However... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973867)

A couple thousand dollars? When someone has industrial-grade copying equipment and over 10,000 discs of illicitly copied material that is clearly intended to be sold, I seriously doubt there were only a few thousand dollars at stake. It's one thing to share a few songs online. It's something else entirely to sell them for enough profit that you can making a living off of the illegal proceeds.

Re:However... (2)

Firethorn (177587) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974159)

a couple thousand dollars?

10k discs, if we figure $3/pop*, that's $30k worth of pirated materials, or enough for 'grand theft auto' of a new vehicle. And that was his active stock. Most stores turn that over in, what, about a month? Of course, that would be approximately 60 discs/hour if he was running a retail store, so I figure he was producing/distributing the stuff to street venders who'd actually sell to the public(and rat him out when they're busted for selling forged discs). Figure $1/profit a disc for him - that's $120k of income a year.

Hardly a 'few thousand', I'd say.

*Going rate over in the desert for 'bootleg' stuff is ~$3/disc.

Re:However... (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974295)

I'm sorry, but I don't understand why this would be theft while the usual (somebody/site sharing movies for free) would not.

The usual arguments for why that isn't theft are, among other:
1. The product wasn't stolen, they still have it and can do with it what they want - including sell it.
2. People who download it wouldn't have bought it anyway or at least not at that price, or at that venue, etc. etc.

Those same arguments still apply here. The only difference is that the guy made money from doing so.

Then again, that could be reflected back to binaries 'news' servers that charge e.g. $8/month subscription, or torrent indexing sites with ads. ( I know, I know... the torrent indexing site doesn't actually host the files. So if this guy had an accomplice who would point to the guy whenever somebody asked them where to find a particular movie and only the accomplice would receive money.... etc. Oh, the hum^H^H^Hanalogy. )

Guess it's too dangerous to have ANY **AA content (1)

DCFusor (1763438) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973697)

So, burn all your CD's and DVDs, go get a life and forget worrying about this mafia outfit entirely. Then they'll have to do like the cops do - "find" some coke or pot they dropped on your property when it turns out you're not actually guilty. Step it up a notch.

Check the marina (1)

Cid Highwind (9258) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973707)

I wonder how much of his sentence can be attributed to his priors rather than to other factors.

It's Mississippi. You should be wondering how much of this can be attributed to the cop or the prosecutor suddenly happening upon some money innocently left behind by an RIAA lawyer at one of their meetings. Either of them bought a new boat lately?

Something does not add up in the summary... (3, Interesting)

AttyBobDobalina (2525082) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973713)

Because no one would "plead guilty" in exchange for a 15 year sentence. That's not much of a plea bargain. The article mentioned seizures of weapons as well. Missouri has some form of "three strikes" law, which uses the phrase "prior and persistent offender." One wonders whether this sentence was lighter than what might have resulted had he been charged for gun possession.

Gun possession? (1)

Firethorn (177587) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974167)

It's possible that the 'weapons' were non-conforming knives, but that could have been part of the plea - drop the weapons charges, he pleads guilty to the piracy.

Re:Something does not add up in the summary... (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974211)

Something does not add up in the summary because no one would "plead guilty" in exchange for a 15 year sentence. That's not much of a plea bargain.

Actually it does.

Every person convicted in this state of a felony who shall have been convicted twice previously of any felony or federal crime upon charges separately brought and arising out of separate incidents at different times and who shall have been sentenced to and served separate terms of one (1) year or more in any state and/or federal penal institution, whether in this state or elsewhere, and where any one (1) of such felonies shall have been a crime of violence shall be sentenced to life imprisonment, and such sentence shall not be reduced or suspended nor shall such person be eligible for parole or probation.

Assaulting a police officer 17 years ago counts as violent, the year in house arrest was his second strike, this is his third strike so if it went to trial he'd go away for life with no chance of release. Compared to that 15 years is a "good" deal.

My sides still hurt from the laughter . . . (2)

mmell (832646) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973719)

“This sentencing demonstrates that theft of intellectual property is treated as a serious crime in Mississippi..."

s/theft of intellectual property/possession of an intellect/

Fixed it.

Re:My sides still hurt from the laughter . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973927)

Yeah, I'm sure the guy who still sold bootlegged copies of "Madagascar 3" after already being nailed with a copyright infringement charge was quite intelligent.

Re:My sides still hurt from the laughter . . . (1)

mmell (832646) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974103)

He found a way to make money off of "Madagascar 3", didn't he?

Re:My sides still hurt from the laughter . . . (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974297)

It made $735 Million in theaters.

copyright infringement is not theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973725)

He would have gotten less punishment for a simple theft. Copyright infringement is almost as bad as murder, it seems.

So? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973735)

Sell 5 copyright infringement DVDs and 1 copyright infringed CD and get 15 years in jail but sell millions make hundreds of millions from it and all you get is a small(relative to how much they made) settlement and no time in jail http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/11/05/31/177259/canadian-music-industry-copyright-class-action-settled Yea i can see how that's fair O_o sigh

jailbait... (3, Insightful)

Yaa 101 (664725) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973757)

It seems you got more chance to get a minimal sentence when you shoot your procecutor than copy a few disks.

This sort of imbalances in the judicial system will cost the country dearly in the end.

Re:jailbait... (1)

Dinghy (2233934) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974227)

It seems you got more chance to get a minimal sentence when you shoot your procecutor than copy a few disks.

10,500 disks is more than a few.

Good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973759)

Toss the book at him. This wasn't just some guy downloading a couple of grumble flicks. This was a commercial copyright violator.

And this is why... (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973769)

Everybody must do their part to eradicate criminal scum like this by simply torrenting their pirated media, rather than propping up the repulsive trade in physical copies sold at retail... The Swarm Needs You to fight piracy today!

Re:And this is why... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974039)

that's what I've been telling my mom for years...

and I say (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974239)

"Everybody must do their part to eradicate criminal scum like this by simply torrenting their pirated media, rather than propping up the repulsive trade in physical copies sold at retail... The Swarm Needs You to fight piracy today!"

oops, I pirated that. Help - someone's knocking at my door....

It's for our own protection. (1, Flamebait)

edibobb (113989) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973793)

Our government must protect us from those sociopathic individuals would would reduce the potential profits of giant music corporations. I feel safe!

No! Context Matters. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973801)

Being a two time loser, previously convicted of CD piracy, then caught selling bootleg DVDs with 10,000 more in his posession got him 15 years.

Context matters, asshats. No matter what your position on piracy is, this twat got what he deserved.

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973811)

15 years for pirated movies. I guess the jail industry's PAC money is well spent.

Kinda harsh (1)

cynop (2023642) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973833)

Even with prior convictions taken into account we are talking for a financial crime here not a violent one. I wonder if 15 years in prison has any correctional value for someone like him.

  What is the purpose here? To secure the community from the evil he represents or to make sure the producers profit what they should? It seems like he is made to be an example and nothing else.

For some reason, i can't help but think that this could only happen in the US of A.

Piracy for profit is NOT OK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973839)

I'm perfectly fine with (fully endorse in fact) piracy for personal use, one download does not equal one lost sale. But people who sell pirated material for profit deserve everything they have coming.

You can tell me a hypocrite all you want but the fact remains that somebody who pirates a film is unlikely to have bought it in the first place but somebody who pays a lesser amount for a pirated version IS willing to pay and that is a lost sale.

I do think he would've gotten a far more lenient sentence if he'd have broken into his neighbours house, killed their cat, shat on their coffee table, stole their DVDs and sold them instead.

In summation, the MAFIAA have obviously bribed their way to this judgement.

The right target (3, Insightful)

neghvar1 (1705616) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973885)

These are the people the RIAA, MPAA, etc. should be focusing on and suing for the large sums of money. Not the little sharer that makes no money off downloading media.

Michael Jackson? (5, Insightful)

Frederic54 (3788) | about a year and a half ago | (#41973915)

Let's say...
Sell a CD copy of Michael Jackson : 15 years in jail
Kill Michael Jackson : 4 years in jail

makes sense...

(Gasp) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41973981)

Brown guy sells DVDs on street corner.
Gets busted.
RIAA claims vast copyright ring was destroyed doing gazillions of damage.
Business as usual.

Holy misrepresentation of statistics, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974043)

Says the RIAA: '[This] highlights the fact that the individuals engaging in these activities are frequently serial criminals for whom IP theft is simply the most convenient and profitable way they could steal from others.'

A single event highlights "the individuals engaging in these activities are frequently serial criminals"? Have these shitheads no shame?

That's like saying, "a rare, maybe one time event occurred, from this we extrapolate that this is a frequent event.

This is a sad and pathetic abuse of observations.

As for "most convenient and profitable way they could steal from others," considering what they charge for shitty movies they crank out by the thousands, I guess they feel stealing from others in this way is THEIR JOB, and that's why their pussies hurt about it.

Austerity? 15 years = $375,000 that taxpayers pay (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974063)

Nobody ever talks about the cost of jail. It costs around $25,000 per year to incarcerate someone. Even with parole this would only be reduced to $10,000 a year. I don't want to pay this...do you?

*BIG* difference between selling physical... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974129)

...and downloading electronic.

One is a profit-driven criminal enterprise, the other is entertainment-driven personal desire.

Twice I have seen "physical pirates" selling obviously pirated physical copies of movies/music/software for more-than-trivial sums but less than standard retail ($5 for a movie or CD, $20 for normally-much-more-expensive software.) Those I report. Those are the true vultures. Those are the actual *criminals* conducting *criminal* copyright violation. Those are the ones who deserve prison time. (For a first offense, 15 years would be harsh, but it sounds like this guy has other issues that made it higher.)

And everybody knows about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974157)

Mississippi goddam!

Srsly? (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974165)

People still have CDs? Why wouldn't he just have everything on a little lap top and let people hook up with their flash drives?

Re:Srsly? (1)

n30na (1525807) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974351)

I would assume that anyone intelligent enough to want/be able to use mp3s would also be smart enough to just go home and torrent it, so they aren't much of a market.

Let big media die. (1)

hessian (467078) | about a year and a half ago | (#41974343)

We are never going to be able to bust every pirate, or even enough pirates to serve as a deterrent.

What we're doing instead is trying to really crucify the ones we catch, as a warning to others. That isn't working because the chance of getting caught is so low.

Instead, we should view media as a market which had a time period in which to be profitable. Before digital copying was easy, media had a monopoly on the means of its delivery and so was able to make profit.

Now? It's like advertising: you have to give it away for free. That doesn't leave much for your advertisers, and it will cost them even more.

As a result, the model is dying. Media can't make enough money from their product to cover costs. Right now that's true of news, but soon it will be true of movies and music.

And so what?

We're not losing the next Beethoven here. We're losing entertainment for the masses, and we can do that ourselves on a much lower budget. Music, art and news can go back to a normal role as a low-cost local phenomenon.

Markets periodically foreclose themselves like this. They simply become obsolete. That time has come for media, and we'll all be richer for it.

15 years in Mississippi?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41974357)

gets a defendant 15 years in Mississippi

I'd rather go to prison.

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