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Charlotte man sentenced after operating second largest file sharing site in U.S.


A Charlotte man who operated a website that published pirated copies of songs and albums was sentenced to three years behind bars Tuesday.

Rocky P. Ouprsaith, 23, of Charlotte we sentenced by a federal judge in Norfolk, Va.

Ouprasith pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement in August.

According to prosecutors, Ouprasith operated, the second largest online file sharing site in the United States, between May 2011 and October 2014. Prosecutors referred to the website as a ‘cyberlocker’.

Prosecutors alleged Ouprasith obtained the digital songs and albums from associates who uploaded the files to a separate website,

Both websites were hosted on servers located first in France and, later, in Canada.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said this was the first criminal conviction for a cyberlocker operator in the United States.

The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

“Online piracy has a serious financial impact to business, which is felt at every level of a transaction – from the producer to the point-of-sales
clerk,” said Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles.

Prosecutors say the value of the pirated material published on Ouprasith’s website was more than $6 million.

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