Pirates jailed in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican court handed down a prison sentence for the first time in a video piracy case. Previous cases have not required jail time.

The criminal court of Heredia sentenced videostore owner Marco Carvajal to 18 months in prison June 9, according to a statement from the Motion Picture Assn. (MPA).

In May of last year, a local attorney for the MPA conducted a raid on Carvajal’s shop during which 2,100 pirated videos of MPA-member films were seized.

The MPA currently conducts anti-piracy operations in 71 countries. It recently created the position of country manager for Mexico.

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