Software pirate Terrence Brown began a two year prison sentence today, after being convicted last week for nine copyright and trademark offences, as a result of an investigation by the Federation Against Software Theft (Fast).
Brown came to the piracy watchdog’s attention in 1997 after placing advertisements in the trade press for low cost software, under the name CD Direct, and a subsequent raid on his Portsmouth premises revealed two CD writers and over 500 pirated CDs.
Head of Fast’s digital crime unit, Robin Lawrence, said the rise of the Internet and digital piracy made it important to secure convictions of this nature.
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