Man who made millions from selling pirated software on Web gets 6 years

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - A man who made millions of dollars selling illegal copies of computer programs was sentenced Friday to six years in prison in one of the largest U.S. software piracy cases. Danny Ferrer, who lives in Florida, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy and copyright infringement charges after an FBI investigation of […]

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - A man who made millions of dollars selling illegal copies of computer programs was sentenced Friday to six years in prison in one of the largest U.S. software piracy cases.

Danny Ferrer, who lives in Florida, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy and copyright infringement charges after an FBI investigation of his Web site, BuysUSA.com. Ferrer also was ordered to pay more than $4.1 million (?3.2 million) in restitution to software makers Adobe Systems Inc., Autodesk, and Macromedia Inc.

Ferrer bought numerous airplanes, a fighter-jet simulator, a Lamborghini, a Hummer and other luxury vehicles with his profits. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered the items be sold to pay restitution in the case. Continue for more info…