In a report from Xinhua I learned that two Americans were to serve as much as 30 days in jail for selling pirated DVDs overseas on eBay and a website called Three Dollar DVD. Randolph Hobson Guthrie III, Wu Dong, Cody Abram Thrush, and Wu Shibiao sold only $840,000 of DVDs:
Based on evidence provided, a judge of the Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People’s Court found that they had sold about 133,000 pirate DVDs worth more than 3.3 million yuan (US$393,000) to more than 20 countries including the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada and earned nearly 1 million yuan (US$120,900) from the business.
The case was given top priority and last year was categorized as one of the country’s top 10 IPR (intellectual property right) cases by the State Intellectual Property Office.
Investigators swung into action when the Bureau of Investigation of Economic Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security received a report from the US Embassy in China last April about two Shanghai-based Americans selling pirated DVDs abroad and immediately started to co-ordinate with their United States counterparts.
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