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.