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Press Release

Rochester Man is Sentenced for Copyright Infringement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr., announced today that  Eugene DeBerger, 60, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of copyright infringement, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $41,460 to the Motion Picture Association by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that between January 2007 and August 2010,  DeBerger bought legal copies of copyright protected DVD movies and burned copies on his home computer. The defendant then sold them online for $3.99 a piece.  During the time period, DeBerger sold over 7000 DVDs.

            The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Special Agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Richard Frankel, Acting Special Agent in Charge.



Updated December 9, 2014