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Seller of Counterfeit Video Games Gets 30 Months 165

wiredmikey writes "The FBI reported this week that Qiang 'Michael' Bi, of Powell, Ohio was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling more than 35,000 illegally copied computer games over the Internet between 2005 and 2009. According to a statement of facts read during Bi's plea hearing, agents executed a search warrant at Bi's house and found multiple CD duplicators and more than 1,000 printed counterfeit CDs. Some of the CDs were still in the duplicator. During their investigation, agents learned that Bi would buy a single copy of a game, illegally duplicate it and sell the copies on eBay.com and Amazon.com. He also set up a website for customers to download the games they bought. Bi accepted payment through eBay and PayPal accounts in his name and in others' names."
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Seller of Counterfeit Video Games Gets 30 Months

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  • Amazing... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nametaken ( 610866 ) * on Friday December 31, 2010 @04:29AM (#34720044)

    It still blows my mind that people can be capable enough to run a little outfit like this, and yet be so amazingly dumb. You know you're going to get caught when you sell this stuff from the US, under your own name, on big name websites.

  • Misplaced focus (Score:5, Insightful)

    by macraig ( 621737 ) <mark@a@craig.gmail@com> on Friday December 31, 2010 @04:49AM (#34720112)

    So this guy gets 30 months for physically duplicating AND SELLING stuff, while Jammie Thomas et al get smacked with million-dollar fines for downloading a few handfuls of unpaid tunes for their own personal enjoyment? Maybe THIS guy should be the one getting smacked with million-dollar fines, considering he might have made millions from what he was doing.

  • Re:ICE This Week (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PFI_Optix ( 936301 ) on Friday December 31, 2010 @06:45AM (#34720502) Journal

    Are you really implying that copyright law shouldn't be enforced because there are worse things going on in the world?

    There are serial killers out there, but I sincerely hope the police make some sort of effort at catching the guys who stole $4,000 worth of tools from my father-in-law last week.

    Whatever your opinion on copyright law, you've got to admit that copying another person's work and SELLING IT without them getting a cut is a dick move and shouldn't be tolerated.

  • Re:Amazing... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by The End Of Days ( 1243248 ) on Friday December 31, 2010 @01:33PM (#34722850)

    I tell you what, if the entitlement crowd, a group of people distinguished by the fact that they refuse to do any work but want rewards anyway, manages to get up off their asses and actually start a revolution, I'll join in sheer amazement. I suspect, however, that it might be a little too difficult and you'll all just call for the rest of us to do it for you while you try to benefit for free.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done. -- James J. Ling