Movie Pirate Gets Seven Years in Jail

by | December 4, 2006 | Comments

Think it sounds like a good idea to head into your local multiplex and videotape the biggest movies so you can upload them onto the internet and give a bunch of strangers free flicks? Well, you’re wrong! And one guy just got the prison sentence to prove it.

From Variety: "A man convicted of sneaking camcorders into movie screenings and selling the pirated tapes in videostores was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Friday. "It is hoped the sentence will deter further unlawful conduct and protect the public," said U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson.

Johnny Ray Gasca was convicted in June 2005 of three counts of copyright infringement as well as using a fake Social Security number and of an escape charge for fleeing his attorney’s custody while awaiting trial. Gasca gained notoriety as the first person to be charged in a federal crackdown on video piracy. He represented himself during a weeklong trial, saying he didn’t intend to profit from his actions. He said evidence was embellished to make him appear to be a "prince of piracy."

Click here for the rest.

Among the films recorded by Gasca were "The Core," "8 Mile," and "Anger Management" — and those movies aren’t even worth going to the mall for, let alone prison.

Tag Cloud

Video Games comiccon Cosplay Summer Winners Rock RT History BBC Biopics Tomatazos FOX Infographic travel social media NYCC Extras 45 Podcast Mindy Kaling Netflix ESPN DirecTV BBC America Emmys Sneak Peek transformers Disney TruTV 2017 Logo Oscars Valentine's Day Comedy Central Lifetime historical drama Awards Rom-Com Set visit Trivia Nat Geo Opinion Certified Fresh Pop Marathons BET VICE TCA talk show Spring TV composers SundanceTV Red Carpet dramedy Animation Calendar Musicals Musical Starz TCM discovery Character Guide Superheroes Lionsgate Horror 2015 USA cops police drama MTV OWN The CW Schedule DC Comics serial killer Nominations Grammys Polls and Games 24 frames crime thriller Year in Review based on movie Holidays Interview Election biography Cartoon Network sports Mystery American Society of Cinematographers E3 Countdown Fox News CNN A&E boxoffice Star Wars Tumblr cats Food Network politics Action war Music supernatural period drama adventure SDCC Pirates Crackle CBS PBS President diversity Adult Swim Watching Series cooking zombie ABC PaleyFest WGN FXX Bravo Winter TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sundance Hulu Best and Worst El Rey vampires Showtime Dark Horse Comics TLC Mary Tyler Moore harry potter science fiction Nickelodeon Paramount Masterpiece Thanksgiving Martial Arts FX singing competition Amazon Esquire VH1 Warner Bros. Syfy Reality Competition crime drama Disney Channel Drama IFC HBO crime Marvel Sci-Fi cinemax aliens Fantasy thriller The Arrangement ABC Family TV Land Premiere Dates YA Ellie Kemper Comic Book Super Bowl X-Men ITV Trailer Writers Guild of America APB Country Ghostbusters CMT First Look docudrama technology Box Office MSNBC NBC psycho Photos Star Trek Comedy AMC Universal Rocky 007 LGBTQ TNT TIFF Teen History E! TBS Toys GLAAD sitcom Kids & Family Fall TV 2016 political drama Reality Freeform GIFs GoT TCA 2017 CBS All Access DC Universe TV