Topeka Man Charged With Movie Pirating

The U.S. Attorney's Office Friday announced an indictment for making illegal copies of movie DVD's.

Raymond F. Gentry is charged with intellectual property crimes. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from April 3, 2006, to July 14, 2006, in Shawnee County, Kan.

Gentry is charged with one count of unlawfully making copies of copyrighted motion pictures on DVDs, and one count of circumventing technological measures meant to protect the copyrighted DVDs. A separate count seeks the forfeiture of a DVD duplicator, a computer and DVDs seized during the execution of a search warrant at his home in Topeka.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not more than 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawfully making copies; and a maximum penalty of 5 years and a fine up to $500,000 on the charge of circumventing technology to protect copyrighted material.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation worked on the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Hare is prosecuting.


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