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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Father and Son Plead Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million

Father and Son Plead Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million

Father and Son Plead Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Software Worth $1 Million

Added: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, energizer, vodafone, HTC
Robert D. Cook, 56, and his son, Todd A. Cook, 23, both from, North Texas, plead guilty to criminal charges for copyright violations and other offences, after an investigation by the Department of Justice's during their continuing initiative to combat online piracy.

The charges relate to the Cooks, running several websites selling counterfeit software between July 2006 and May 2008 and making sales to the value of $1 million in the process. They offered a wide range of software to download that they had copied without the authority of the copyright owners; and then widely promoted their websites on the internet by buying space for them on large internet search engines.

With the new federal laws in place they both of the Cook’s can now look forward to the possibility of being sentenced for up to five years in Jail, and being fined $250,000 each. If they are sentenced to time in jail they will also have a supervision order allocated on them for a period of three years after their release date. They will return to court in the middle of June this year to be sentencing.

These convictions come as part of an ongoing copyright infringement investigation in the Wichita Falls area of Texas, where there has been four other prosecutions by the district court relating to the operation of web sites that also sold unauthorised copies of software in 2008.Three men, Thomas C. Rushing III, William Lance Partridge and Brian C. Rue all declared their guilt to violating copyright infringement laws. While in the same case Timothy K. Dunaway later also plead guilty to the sale of illegally copied software and breaking copyright laws. By way of their felonious enterprise they are approximated to have gained sales from the counterfeit software in the region of $10 million.


In an excerpt from the Department of justice’s official press release they stated that,
“Including the guilty pleas announced today, the Department has obtained 46 convictions involving online auction and commercial distribution of counterfeit software. The Department’s initiative to combat online auction piracy is just one of several steps being undertaken to address the losses caused by intellectual property theft and hold responsible those engaged in criminal copyright infringement.”

While researching this article I decided to look at what the actual cost of holding the investigation and trial would be compared to the actual fines imposed.

So let’s say both the Cook’s get the maximum fine and jail time, that’s 5 years each and a total fine of $500,000,so if they have at least been wise with their money they should still have $500,000 plus interest waiting for them when they are released.

So the cost of the court case could be anywhere in the area of $125,000 (a rough figure taken from similar cases), then the cost of the investigation, let’s say it’s about $125,000 again (couldn’t get accurate figures for this), then you have the cost of keeping them in prison, which is approximately $80 per day in Texas (where interestingly enough they have more prisons than they have counties).

So approximate total costs of this case is $125,000+$125,000+$292,000 = $542,000.
That’s already $42,000 more than the fine; does that mean yet again the US taxpayers are footing the bill for a copyright infringement trail? And what money is actually left for the copyright owner to recoup? Do these figure show that these trials are more just of a showcase to warn others than to actually do good on behalf of the copyright owners?

March 16th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-16 09:41:33)
boatee avatarsome advertizing on the net $1000 court costs and fines $542000 geting out of prison with a rectum the size of a small room priceless!
thx sam

posted by (2010-03-16 14:56:57)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarlol nice ... thx alf

posted by (2010-03-16 16:41:30)
BenjaWiz avatarI have no respect for these idiot's they should know better these scum give the rest of us a bad name.

posted by (2010-03-16 18:50:45)
Avius avatarLol so they both get charged 250k each...and that leaves them 500k...shouldnt they be charged the entire ammount they stole? Why the hell would you leave them with 500k that they don't deserve...

posted by Blocked (2010-03-16 21:00:18)
expendable avatari thought by the headline it was the turners lol

posted by (2010-03-16 22:27:40)
terrillcase30655 avatardang that sucks for them.....a little steep penalty i think

posted by (2010-03-17 00:38:38)
Stayingtrue avatarBusted!!!!!!! Thanks for the article.

posted by (2010-03-17 00:44:55)
marblezilla avatarMay their prison booty lube contain large shards of broken glass. The Torrent Gods punish those who sell what they download for free. Software & movies/vids are only given with the unwritten code: Copy only for your neighboors, close friends & the guy who runs your favorite chinese takeout place so you always get more in your order that those who leech but not seed.

Rule #2: Do it for free!....NO..Lose money!...A whole 15-20 cents per DVD-R...We know you buy 100 pack spindles...Charging for love is wrong...Unless you live in Nevada!

posted by (2010-03-17 04:59:40)
cyberartist avatarThese are the sort of swines who wouldn't seed anyway - glad they got busted

posted by (2010-03-17 07:12:40)
dougie avatarIt boils down to greed at the end of the day and why did they advertise it all over the place , Great roll model his father is. Pair of Balloon Knots..

posted by Blocked (2010-03-17 19:21:26)
phoenixcrash avatarThese guys must be the two dumbest bitches alive! Advertising it too? I agree with marblezilla, except I don't care for chinese takeout. I hookup the guy down the street with the killa herb!

posted by (2010-03-17 20:29:13)
No avatarI would say "only in texas" but that would be profiling.

posted by (2010-03-19 12:07:45)
ET_THE_PLACE_TO_BE avatarThey are giving these guys 5 years for copyright? LOL the jails and prisons are so full now there letting drug dealers and rapists out at random rates or we would need bigger jails and prisons. lol ONE BIG HUGE GUY says to some 110 pound soak and we guy what did you do to get in her man? small guy says i copied a software program and SOLD IT. LOL too funny....I just burned a bad one so maybe its just me or this is like the dumbest shit ever?!?!?! yeah sure sue them but 5 year in jail or prison? Come on. They take them for every penny they have and call it good. Make them pay fees and fines after they repay the money they didnt get legaly. Put them in debt for the rest of thier life but time in jail for this just pisses me off. I dont think the house is being square on this deal right here. ET MY PLACE TO BE :-)

posted by (2010-03-19 12:09:42)
POPE305MIKE avatarlol , shame they got caught , any one want a windows 7 , 10 bucks , lol . dont feel sorry for the morons . u advertised , wow , YOU TWO ARE THE DUMBEST HUMANS ALIVE , its easy to get paid , being greedy is anotha thing .

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