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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Orleans Man, Davis Norman, Iii, Sentenced To 2 Years For Manufacturing And Selling Counterfeit Motion Pictures And Musical Albums

DAVIS NORMAN, III, age 36, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today before U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to 24 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release after previously pleading guilty to a Bill of Information charging him with criminal infringement of a copyright, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, an investigation revealed that NORMAN created and sold counterfeit motion pictures and musical albums using a “burner” in his home.  NORMAN sold the pirated works out of the back of his car in the parking lot of 2130 North Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans for approximately $10 each.  Based in part on his prior arrests for selling counterfeit goods, NORMAN was aware that his conduct was illegal.  A search warrant conducted on NORMAN’S home revealed 2 CD/DVD “burners,” over 200 blank CDs and DVDs, 467 DVDs containing pirated motion pictures, and 573 CDs containing pirated music, having a total retail value of at least $12,890.53. 

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Department of Justice Trial Attorney Thomas S. Dougherty of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.