Rochester Man Sentenced for Copyright Infringement

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Eugene DeBerger, 60, of Rochester, New York, who was convicted of copyright infringement, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $41,460 to the Motion Picture Association by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that between January 2007 and August 2010, DeBerger bought legal copies of copyright protected DVD movies and burned copies on his home computer. The defendant then sold them online for $3.99 apiece. During the time period, DeBerger sold over 7,000 DVDs.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the special agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Richard Frankel, Acting Special Agent in Charge.