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Va. man pleads guilty to copyright conspiracy

Wednesday - 8/29/2012, 5:28pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - A Portsmouth man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.

Jeramiah B. Perkins entered his plea in federal court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Perkins was a leader of the online piracy group called IMAGiNE. Prosecutors say the group sought to become the premier group to release copies of new movies on the Internet that were only showing in theaters.

Court documents say Perkins admitted renting computer servers in France and elsewhere for IMAGiNE. Perkins also used receivers and recording devices in movie theaters to secretly capture the audio soundtracks of movies, which were then synchronized with illegally recorded video files for Internet sharing.

Perkins faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing in January.

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