Audiomaxxx Founder Fined $550K in Piracy Case

A Winnipeg man pled guilty to a dozen charges last Thursday related to the sale of pirated entertainment products on his Winnipeg-based web site The Canadian recording industry called the music and video piracy operation twenty times bigger than anything ever taken down in the country.

Raj Singh Ramgotra, 36, faced dozens of charges when he was arrested in 2008 after an extensive RCMP investigation into his operation, which sold everything from movies and music to pornography. The Audiomaxxx website sold music and movies for $3.99 to $5.99 each, and offered digital downloading of videos and music.

The Canadian Recording Industry Association says that many of the pirated works came from small Caribbean and reggae musicians, but also included material from big artists such as Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, and Jay Z.

Ramgotra pled guilty Thursday and was given a two-year conditional (suspended?) sentence, but was also ordered to pay $550,000 in fines and restitution.

Source: Globe and Mail

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