Barry Gitarts, 25, was convicted of "conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement" and found guilty by a jury in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia yesterday for his 2003-2004 participation in a release group that provided pirated content on the Internet.Girtis faces five years in federal prison, $250,000 in fines, three years of supervised release and - ouch! - full restitution.
The group, Apocalypse Production Crew, had a server in a Texas facility that Gitarts paid for and administered. From there, the group hosted and traded "hundreds of thousands of copies" of pirated music, movies, software, and games.
Government : US