Vid pirate gets 18 months

Valenti: 'We will gather our resources to pursue you'

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s most prolific copyright pirates has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Eshaya (David) Kouryakas was convicted in federal court of running a wholesale counterfeit and pirated tape enterprise in the Detroit area in 1994 and 1995. Kouryakas is one of approximately 20 people who have been convicted in connection with an investigation that was conducted with the participation of the Motion Picture Assn. of America and the FBI.

“I commend U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood for imposing the sentence,” said MPAA president and CEO Jack Valenti, who added, “If you steal from our companies and defraud the consumers, we will gather our resources to pursue you.”

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