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Crime pays? Man makes $266,000 from piracy, given $1,200 fine and jail time

An Illinois man was sentenced to two years in prison for violating copyright law through the unauthorized sale of video games on his Web site, the U.S. Department of Justice announced late Thursday.

Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also sentenced Timothy W. Hall, 35, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, to pay a US$1,200 fine.

From about 2001 to late 2006, Hall was paid more than $266,000 for the unlawful reproduction and distribution of the games and movies, the he acknowledged during his guilty plea.

The kicker is, after paying the $1,200 fine, he gets to keep all the proceeds from his corrupt business practices. Would you spend 2 years in prison for a quarter of a million dollars?

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assasshin3643d ago

what's wrong with piracy? bad for companies good for consumer. im a consumer :)

ElementX3643d ago (Edited 3643d ago )

I don't want to spend even a month in prison. Too many good games coming out.