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Software pirate pleads guilty in Autodesk, Adobe case

Florida man sold unauthorized copies of Autodesk, Adobe and Macromedia software for three years, according to charges.

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to software piracy charges in connection with the illegal sale of nearly $2.5 million in pirated Autodesk, Adobe Systems and Macromedia software over a three-year period. Danny Ferrer, 37, of Lakeland, Fla., pleaded guilty June 16 to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. Ferrer, who faces a maximum of sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to a $500,000, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25.

Ferrer, along with at least three other individuals, allegedly offered unauthorized copies of software from Autodesk, Adobe and Macromedia for sale on a Web site called "BuysUSA" between late 2002 and October 2005. (Macromedia has since been acquired by Adobe.)