The owner of a website selling pirated software had been sentenced to six years in jail and ordered him to pay $4.1 million.
US citizen Danny Ferrer, 37, also forfeits the proceeds from the BuysUSA.com website, which he operated between late 2002 and late 2005. Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Ferrer to forfeit ownership of several airplanes, boats, cars, a helicopter and an ambulance.
Among the vehicles Ferrer must give up are a 1992 Lamborghini, a 2005 Hummer, three Chevrolet Corvettes, a 2005 Lincoln Navigator and a 28-foot Marinette hardtop express boat. Ferrer has also agreed to surrender the proceeds of sales of two fire trucks that were also bought with profits from BuysUSA.com, the DOJ said.
Ferrer, who pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy and one count of criminal copyright infringement, must also perform 50 hours of community service. The US Department of Justice called the sentence one of the longest ever for software piracy. "Modern-day pirates ought to expect modern-day penalties," said attorney Chuck Rosenberg.
BuysUSA.com sold CDs of Adobe and Macromedia software at super-cheap prices, along with the serial number needed to activate it. The site made more than $4.1 million in sales before it was eventually shut down by the FBI in October.
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