The Dreaded Pirate Ponce De Leon

Video Game Law Blog

October 13, 2005

No, not the 16thcentury explorer. Dashiell Ponce de Leon of Richmond, Texas has been convicted of criminal copyright infringement by the US District Court of the District of Columbia, for selling 'backup"? (read pirated) copies of game and application software online. Ponce de Leon was sentenced for 3 years and 10 months in a federal prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and must pay $1.15 million in restitution fines. Due to this strong sentence, Ponce de Leon's case stands as a harsh deterrent against Caribbean and North American exploration. Piracy. I meant to write 'piracy"?.

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