Ala. man to serve 2 years for copyright violation

An Alabama man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to copyright infringement in November, the result of being stopped by police in Louisiana three times in one year and found in possession of thousands of bootlegged movies and music.

U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik this week ordered Augustus Powell, 54, of Huntsville, Ala., to undergo three years of supervised release and pay $7,000 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America, according to a news release on his sentencing.

Evidence unveiled at Powell’s plea hearing in November showed State Police found 1,463 counterfeit DVD movies and 1,225 counterfeit music CDs after an August 2011 traffic stop.

Powell was stopped again in November 2011 by a Calcasieu Parish anti-drug team officer, who found 1,085 bootlegged DVDs and 836 CDs.

In April 2012, Powell was stopped yet again by a Calcasieu anti-drug team officer, who found 511 counterfeit DVDs and 423 CDs, according to the release.

Powell turned over the contraband after each stop.

State Police, Calcasieu Parish anti-drug team and Homeland Security investigators conducted the investigation, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett L. Grayson prosecuted.