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NY man sentenced in Va. on copyright charges

Monday - 12/3/2012, 5:03pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - A New York man has been sentenced to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to illegally copying and distributing copyrighted computer software and training materials.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Dennis Newsome of Beacon, N.Y., also was sentenced to nine months of home confinement and supervised release in Norfolk federal court Monday.

Newsome also will forfeit the proceeds from and property that he used in the illegal activity. He had pleaded guilty in August.

Court documents say Newsome operated an online business that sold computer software, education, and training materials. Prosecutors say that from 2008 through 2010 he illegally sold more than 765 copies of copyrighted works at a fraction of their normal price. For example, he charged $24.99 for products that ranged in price from $750 to $4,295.

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