Seattle Video Piracy Case Part of Intellectual Property Prosecution Trend


A federal judge in Seattle sentenced San Jin Kim, 37, who pirated movies and television shows, to 40 months in prison and ordered him to forfeit $409,776, reports the National Law Journal. Prosecutions for intellectual property crimes aren’t very common, but they’re increasing, said Jenevieve Maerker, a Boston lawyer. “Digital reproduction has made infringement a bigger problem for the content industries and they’re trying to do something about it, and the government is too,” she said.

The Justice Department said, “Kim created a one stop shop for pirated content. [ ] s ability to market to an immigrant community and offer stolen content from a foreign country magnified his ability to go unnoticed and generate substantial personal profits.” This month, Justice announced $2.4 million in grants to combat intellectual property violations and piracy. Getting the grants were Austin, Baltimore County, Md.; Central Point, Or.; Cook County, Il; Orlando, Fl; Riverside County, Ca.; the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office; the New York County District Attorney’s Office; Sacramento County, Ca.; San Antonio; the California Department of Justice; the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; and the Virginia State Police.

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