American software pirate Kishan Singh, from Lanham in Maryland, has been jailed for 18 months after running a website offering illegal copies of a range of business software.
Singh, who had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of copyright infringement, was found guilty of running a website offering illegal copies of software that was valued at up to $120,000. Singh operated a pay-for-access site offering software from companies including Adobe, Autodesk, Macromedia and Microsoft. Frequently, all copy-protection and other counter-piracy measures had been removed from the software.
"Evidence revealed that thousands of pirated software programs were downloaded from Singh's website by users from around the world during the six-month period charged." - Spokesman for the US prosecutor's office.