Crime & Courts
Pasco man sentenced for copyright infringement
NORFOLK, Va. -
A New Port Richey man has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.
Javier Ferrer, 41, pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
Prosecutors say Ferrer was part of a conspiracy to become the premier group to release copies of new movies on the Internet that were showing in theaters.
Court records say the group used receivers and recording devices to secretly capture audio sound tracks of movies playing in theaters. The group then synchronized the audio files with video files suitable for distribution over the Internet.
Four others pleaded guilty in the case and were given sentences ranging from 23 to 60 months.