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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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AUGUST 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN ORDERED TO PAY $20,000 RESTITUTION

FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

ON COUNTERFEIT DVDS, CDS

 

            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for copyright infringement by using his computer to create counterfeit DVDs, CDs, computer software and video games.


             Martinis Woods, 31, of Kansas City, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to pay approximately $20,000 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. Woods was also sentenced to serve four months at a halfway house, followed by three years of supervised release that begins with four months of home detention and electronic monitoring. The court also ordered Woods to forfeit to the government two computer towers, DVD burners, and other computer and electronic equipment that was used to commit the offense.


             On May 8, 2007, Woods pleaded guilty to infringing on the copyrights of motion pictures, computer software, video games and audiovisual works for personal financial gain by reproducing and distributing at least 1,854 copies of movie DVDs, music CDs and computer software. Woods admitted that he reproduced approximately 100 discs per week of copyrighted works. Woods would make up to 10 copies of protected works at one time using his personal computers and computer equipment. Woods accessed his personal computers remotely over the Internet from his place of work to burn copies. Then he affixed counterfeit labels to the discs and sold them to friends, coworkers and others, sometimes charging $10 per DVD and sometimes selling two for $10.


            On Dec. 21, 2004, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized various computer hardware and equipment from Woods’ home, along with a large cache of counterfeit goods. Included were 1,296 DVDs, 483 CDs, 74 computer software programs and a Sony Playstation game.


             Among the DVD titles that Woods reproduced and distributed without the authorization of the copyright holders were “The Bourne Supremacy,” “Van Helsing,” “Blade Trinity,” “Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Mean Girls,” “Mulan,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Punk’d,” “Shrek 2”and “Troy.”


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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