Missouri Man Sentenced for Trafficking of Counterfeit DVDs and CDs

A Kansas City man, Reginald Collier, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole. In addition to imprisonment, the court has ordered Collier to pay restitution in the amount of $41,361 to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. Furthermore, Collier has been ordered to forfeit a laptop computer, three DVD burners, a CD recorder, and other equipment used in the commission of the offense, as well as the counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

Last August, Collier pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement. By pleading guilty, Collier admitted to the infringing of copyrights through the reproduction and distribution of copies of motion pictures and music.

FBI agents first encountered Collier at the Swap ‘N Shop,  in Kansas City, Mo. At the time he was selling counterfeit DVDs. Collier had several large folding tables with boxes and crates on them. The crates contained illegal copies of DVDs and CDs, including the recently released movie “World Trade Center.” A confidential source used in the investigation purchased a total of 170 counterfeit DVDs of movies from Collier, over the course of three separate occasions. The purchases included movies that were still playing in theaters and not had not yet been released for public purchase.

The 1,506 counterfeit DVDs recovered from Collier in the investigation represents a total loss to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., of $30,044. The 1,574 counterfeit CDs recovered represents a total loss to the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., of $11,317.

Collier pled guilty to 18 U.S.C. 2319, Criminal Copyright Infringement. That statute states that anyone found to have violated 17 U.S.C. 506(a) may be sentenced for no more than 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and/or an order of restitution, or any combination of those penalties.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

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