RockDizMusic owner sentenced to three years in prison for music piracy
RockDizMusic owner sentenced to three years in prison for music piracy. Rocky Ouprasith, 23 years old has pleaded guilty to a count of criminal copyright infringement in August this year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
After the RockDizMusic owner has served his sentence he will be on federal probation for two years. The file sharing site was the second biggest of its kind in the United States for the year 2013 according to the Recording Industry Association of America trade group. Rocky was also ordered to forfeit $50,851 in proceeds and pay $48,289 in restitution.
The value of the pirated music on the site comes to a total of around $7 million. The RockDizMusic owner ran the website and the related RockDizFile.com. And he illegally distributed millions of recordings that were not his.
“This sentence should send a message that operating a flagrantly illegal business that steals from others by engaging in criminal activity online has real consequences.” Said Brad Buckles, the vice president of the RIAA
The American federal police closed down the site last year after it had been running for three and a half years.
RockDizMusic.com offered thousands of singles, music videos, hundreds of albums and mix tapes for free download.
The RockDizMusic owner found digital copies of copyrighted songs and albums online and he processed the files to his site listing RockDizMusic.com as the publisher.
Rocky also got content by encouraging users to be “affiliates” and upload music to his site. They were paid based on the number of times people downloaded the songs and albums they uploaded.
A lot of the music on the website was made available even before the music was release to the public. To download off the site all you needed to do was click on some hyperlinks which would lead to RockDizFile.com or another site.
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