Man convicted of music piracy may get five years in the big house

    A Brooklyn man who goes by the name "Dextro" was recently found guilty for pirating music, movies and video games as part of Apocalypse Productions. Barry Gitarts, 25, will be sentenced this summer. He faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

     

    "According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, Gitarts was a significant member of the Internet music piracy group Apocalypse Production Crew," the Justice Dept. stated.

     

    The prosecution argued that he paid for and administered a computer server located in Texas that Apocalypse group members used to upload and download hundreds and thousands of copies of pirated music, movies, software, and video games. Apocalypse is identified by the feds as a "release group," a.k.a a key player in online piracy by being the original source for pirated booty that is then distributed in minutes to secure computer servers worldwide. [Variety]