A man from North Carolina who owned a music-sharing website has been sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday. Yes, prison!
23-year old Rocky P. Ouprasith of Charlotte, North Carolina pleaded guilty to copyright infringement in federal court in Norfolk.
According to the federal prosecutors Ouprasith operated a website called RockDizMusic.com from 2011 to 2014. Ouprasith admitted obtaining copies of copyrighted songs and albums from online sources and encouraged others to upload music to the website. The estimated the market value of his illegally obtained material was more than $2.5 million.
In addition to the prison sentence, the North Caroline youngster must pay more than $45,000 in restitution and forfeit nearly $51,000.