Metairie Man Pleads Guilty to Recording Movies in a Local Theater and Criminal Infringement of a Copyright
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DERRICK HOLLOWAY, age 31, of Marrero, pled guilty today to both counts of a two-count Bill of Information charging him with unauthorized recording of a motion picture and criminal infringement of a copyright.
According to court documents, in 2014, HOLLOWAY used a digital camcorder to record approximately ten first-run motion pictures at the AMC Westbank Palace, located in Harvey, including When the Game Stands Tall and The Equalizer. HOLLOWAY subsequently duplicated and sold copies of some or all of the motion pictures. Additionally, HOLLOWAY manufactured and sold CDs and DVDs containing copyrighted musical works and motion pictures out from his business, Gold Teeth Kingz, located in Harvey. Specifically, during the execution of a search warrant at Gold Teeth Kingz in early January 2015, law enforcement authorities found and seized approximately 2,932 pirated DVDs containing copyrighted motion pictures, including When the Game Stands Tall and American Sniper, and 749 pirated CDs containing copyrighted musical works, including “Kingdom Come,” by Jay-Z and “Dangerously in Love,” by Beyoncé.
HOLLOWAY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than three years as to Count 1 and five years as to Count 2, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt set sentencing for November 4, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.