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Software Prison Term

A Fremont man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling illegally reproduced Microsoft software. Lawrence Jou, 53, was sentenced Monday to two years and nine months in prison by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland. A co-defendant in the case, Eric Pang, 38, of Fremont was sentenced by Wilken in August to three years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $328, 000 in restitution for conspiring to infringe on Microsoft copyrights. According to federal prosecutors, Jou and Pang provided Microsoft software at prices below retail market prices while doing business through their companies, Ampower Technology and Easteam International in Fremont. The men obtained thousands of CD-ROMs and disks containing illegally copied Microsoft software as well as labels, certificates of authenticity, manuals and licensing agreements that were counterfeited or stolen, authorities said. In an indictment handed down in August 2001 by a federal grand jury in Oakland, the men were each charged with one count of conspiracy to infringe on copyrights and four counts of copyright infringement. Full Story

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