U.S. Rep. Smith Hails First Conviction Under New Anti-Piracy Law
U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) commended the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California for the first conviction under the Family and Entertainment Copyright Act.
The law, authored by Smith, made it a felony for persons to use handheld technology, like camcorders, to record a movie in a theater and then distribute the pirated version.
The conviction came as a result of the Justice Department's "Operation Copycat," an ongoing campaign to crack down on the illegal copying and distribution of movies. Under the operation, Curtis Salisbury, a resident of St. Charles, Missouri, was indicted and pled guilty to using a camcorder in movie theaters to copy recent theatrical releases and then upload the copies to a computer network for distribution.
Said Smith, "This conviction is a victory for America's creators. Piracy and intellectual property theft cost American businesses billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs each year. This theft is a direct threat to those whose livelihoods depend on their creations. Copyright thieves are now on notice that stealing intellectual property will not be tolerated."
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