Apr 4, 2006

Two plead guilty in huge US CD piracy bust

Source: Reuters via YahooNews

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two men involved in what U.S. authorities called the largest bust of pirated music CDs and computer software in America each pleaded guilty to five criminal counts on Monday, law enforcement officials said.

The pair, Ye Teng Wen, 30, and Hao He, 30, both of Union City, California, pleaded guilty on five piracy-related charges to manufacturing 200,000 illegal CDs, much of it Latin music, said Kevin Ryan, U.S. Attorney for Northern California.

The two, along with a third man, Yaobin Zhai, 33, were indicted in October on charges of illegally copying music CDs, as well as Symantec Corp. computer security software and Adobe Systems Photoshop.

This is “the largest case involving CD manufacturing piracy uncovered in the United States to date,” Ryan told a news conference. “The theft associated with this kind of piracy, copyright infringement, is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, I believe, on a yearly basis.”

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