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Arizona student guilty of Web piracy

University of Arizona student is believed to be the first person in the nation to plead guilty under state Internet piracy laws.

Matt Hines Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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A University of Arizona student is believed to be the first person in the nation to plead guilty under state Internet piracy laws. Parvin Dhaliwal, 18, was charged with uploading digital copies of recently released movies and music. He entered a guilty plea to possession of counterfeit marks, or unauthorized copies of intellectual property, a Class 6 Felony under Arizona's new piracy law, according to the Arizona state Attorney General's Office.

Dhaliwal was sentenced in January to three months in jail, three years probation and 200 hours of community service. He must also pay a $5,400 fine and take a university class on copyright issues. The illegally copied movies included ones that were still playing only in theaters at the time of their theft, including "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Cat in The Hat" and "Mona Lisa Smile."