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Melbourne Man Sentenced to Year in Jail for DVD Piracy

27 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

More than 61,000 pirated discs seized from Australian defendant’s home and business

A Melbourne, Australia man has been sentenced to a year in jail for illegally selling thousands of pirated movies and video games – despite claims from the defendant’s lawyer the crimes were committed out of financial need.

Victorian County Court Judge Richard Maidment, in his ruling, said he found no evidence of fiscal duress that contributed to Phong Ly breaking Commonwealth copyright laws after authorities seized more than 61,000 counterfeit DVDs from his home and businesses.

Instead, the judge said Ly’s actions represented "deliberate, flagrant and calculated offending" actions purely for financial profit. Indeed, upon his arrest, Ly allegedly told authorities he was shuttering his disc operations. Subsequent inquiries determined the man was actually setting up expanded operations.

“I'm driven to the conclusion that you were motivated by greed not need,” Maidment told Ly at his sentencing, according to the Australian AP.

Ly will be eligible for parole after eight months on good behavior.


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