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Member of Texas Software Piracy Ring Sentenced to 57 months in prison

WASHINGTON — February 29, 2012 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today applauded the sentencing of the owner and operator of multiple rogue websites found to be illegally selling software that was stolen from BSA member companies Adobe, Autodesk, and Microsoft.

US District Court Judge, Reed O’Connor, sentenced James Clayton Baxter of Wichita Falls, TX to nearly six years in prison for software piracy and ordered him to pay more than $400,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to copyright infringement. 

Baxter 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). In June 2011, Baxter pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement, and admitted to making more than $500,000 through selling more than 90 infringed copies of Adobe Systems software including Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop 7.

Some of Baxter’s websites included amerisoftware.com, techkappa.com, Go-E-Soft.com, costfriendlysoftware.net, and ultrabackups.net.  Baxter offered "backup" copies of Adobe, Microsoft and Autodesk Inc., software for sale at about one-fifth of the manufacturer's retail value.  Court documents show that from June 2006 through March 2007, Baxter sold more than 90 infringed copies of Adobe Systems software including Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop 7, for which he profited over $66,000. 

The purchased software was then made available to consumers by download, whereby Baxter gave customers counterfeit product registration codes with the software to complete installation.  The websites themselves stated that the products could not be registered with the software company.   

“We appreciate the Department of Justice and ICE’s continued commitment and collaboration with BSA throughout this extensive case,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA vice-president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “We are confident that this sentencing will send a clear message to others that profiting from the sale of unlicensed software is a crime that brings with it serious consequences.”

Consumers wishing to report instances of software piracy can do so confidentially at www.NoPiracy.org or by calling 1.888.NoPiracy.


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