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Michigan Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Software Online

  Washington — April 21, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the foremost advocate of the world’s commercial software industry, today applauded the actions of the Department of Justice in the case of Jacinda Jones of Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Jones pled guilty yesterday to copyright infringement in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Between July 2008 and January 2010, Jones operated numerous websites including Cheapsoftwaredownloads.net, Cheapdl.com, and JJ’s Discount Electronics (jjsdiscountelectronics.com), where she sold 7,000 copies of counterfeit software, which included BSA member products with a retail value of more than $2 million.  BSA member software included Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec products.

BSA referred the case to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and further assisted the DOJ throughout its investigation. In late 2008, BSA began receiving leads from concerned members of the public who came across these websites and concurrently by a BSA member alerting the group of the illegal activity taking place on the websites.   Undercover purchases made by BSA revealed the software was also infected with malware – possibly exposing buyers to viruses and other threats.

“BSA is pleased to work yet again with the Justice Department throughout the investigation of Jacinda Jones.  We appreciate the department’s commitment to identifying, pursuing and prosecuting individuals who commit software piracy and recognize the value and impact the agency has in this ongoing fight,” said Jenny Blank, Senior Director of Legal Affairs at BSA.

Through its Faces of Internet Piracy website and resources available on its BSAcybersafety.com, BSA has worked to educate consumers on the inherent technical, financial, and legal dangers involved in utilizing unlicensed software.  For consumers wishing to report business software piracy, they are encouraged to report it to www.NoPiracy.org

 

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The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CNC/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.


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