N.Y. man convicted in piracy case

25 year-old faces up to five years in prison

A Brooklyn man has been convicted of pirating movies, music and videogames and faces up to five years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine, the Justice Dept. has announced.

Barry Gitarts, 25, was found guilty on Thursday and will face sentencing on Aug. 8.

“According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, Gitarts was a significant member of the Internet music piracy group Apocalypse Production Crew,” the Justice Dept. said. “Records and testimony introduced at trial showed that Gitarts, using the alias ‘Dextro,’ paid for and administered a computer server located in Texas that APC group members used to upload and download hundreds of thousands of copies of pirated music, movies, software and videogames.”

APC was identified as a “release group,” a key player in online piracy. According to the Justice Dept., “Release groups are the original sources for a majority of the pirated works distributed and downloaded via the Internet. Once a group prepares a stolen work for distribution, the material is distributed in minutes to secure computer servers throughout the world.”

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