An often heard motivation for people to illegally download or stream content is the long gap between a movie's theatrical release and its debut through other channels. New research shows that for digital downloads this gap is shrinking rapidly. But is that enough?
Last September, Artur Sargsyan, the owner and operator of a number of piracy-focused websites including Sharebeast.com, Newjams.net, and Albumjams.com, pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement. Yesterday a U.S. District Judge sentenced the 30-year-old to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and more than $642,000 in restitution and forfeiture.