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Software pirate gets 87 months in prison

A 26-year-old California man who pleaded guilty last December to criminal copyright infringement charges was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison — the longest U.S. sentence ever for software piracy — for his role in illegally copying and selling pirated software (download PDF). Nathan Peterson, of Antelope Acres, Calif., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution, according to the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), a software and digital content trade group based in Washington. Full Story

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