WASHINGTON — June 21, 2011 —
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today welcomed a guilty plea from the owner and operator of five rogue websites found to be illegally selling approximately $2 million worth of software that was stolen from BSA member companies Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Symantec.
The defendant, James Clayton Baxter of Wichita Falls, Texas, was the seventh man to be arrested in a software piracy ring that racked up $3 million in illegal sales from $15 million worth of pirated software products, according to officials from the Justice Department and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Baxter’s websites included Amerisoftware.com, SoftwareCB.com, Costfriendlysoftware.net, TechKappa.com, and CigTechnologies.com. With his guilty plea, he now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
BSA worked closely with law enforcement agencies throughout the investigation, performing evidence analyses and sharing information from its member companies as well as leads from the general public to help identify the extent of the unlawful activity and ultimately bring Baxter to justice.
“BSA appreciates the vigorous copyright enforcement efforts of the Justice Department and ICE,” said BSA’s Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel Jodie Kelley. “What is happening to Mr. Baxter as well as the rest of the Wichita Falls piracy ring should serve as a warning to other software pirates: Breaking the law has real consequences.”
Baxter’s sentencing is scheduled for October 25, 2011.
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.
Taylor Bennett, 202-312-1090