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BSA Applauds Conviction of Baltimore Resident Who Sold More than $4 Million in Pirated Software

WASHINGTON, DC — June 14, 2013 —

Following a milestone decision by the US District Court of Maryland, BSA | The Software Alliance today commended the sentencing of Baltimore resident Naveed Sheikh to 87 months in federal prison for reproducing and distributing more than 1,000 commercial software programs from seven BSA member companies, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Microsoft, Symantec, Rosetta Stone, and TechSmith Corporation.

In addition to jail time, Mr. Sheikh agreed to pay $4 million in restitution, totaling the value of the copyrighted works sold illegally in a five-year-long piracy scheme. Sheikh admitted the software sold was cracked and illegal.  

“We applaud the combined efforts of the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Postal Inspector, and the Office of the United States Attorney to put a stop to Mr. Sheikh’s extensive crime ring,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s Senior Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel. “Throughout the investigation, BSA supported law enforcement by providing and analyzing evidence against Mr. Sheikh and speaking at his sentencing to ensure the severity of his actions was appropriately assessed. BSA will continue to partner with the federal government in these efforts to help support the protection of intellectual property rights and stop the distribution of illegal software. It is damaging to the economy — and studies have shown it is dangerous for end users.” 
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