US court sentences Web site owner to 7 years for piracy

The owner of one of the largest Internet software piracy Web sites in the US has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison, an Associated Press report said.

The report said Nathan Peterson, 27, of Los Angeles, sold products copyrighted by companies such as Microsoft and Adobe Systems at a huge discount on his site,, according to prosecutors.

The site began operating in 2003 and was shut down by the FBI in February 2005, the report said.

In addition to the 87-month sentence, US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Peterson to pay restitution of more than $5.4 million and to forfeit the proceeds of his scheme, which included homes, cars and a boat, the report said.

Peterson pleaded guilty in December in Alexandria to two counts of copyright infringement.
Justice Department and industry officials called the case one of the largest involving Internet software piracy ever prosecuted, the report said.