Man pleads guilty for role in international movie pirating scheme - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man pleads guilty for role in international movie pirating scheme

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An investigation that began with the purchase of bogus DVDs at the Harrison County Flea Market in 2003 concluded recently with the guilty plea of a man involved in an international ring of movie pirates.

Thomas Irving Davis Junior will be sentenced January 22nd in U.S. District Court in Gulfport for his role in a conspiracy that stretched from the Gulf Coast to China. That's according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton.

The investigation involved both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Chinese authorities. It was both the first joint intellectual property rights investigation conducted by the two countries and the first full undercover investigation.

The chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, said in the news release that the conviction is a significant milestone in the film industry's global efforts to fight film theft.

It was not clear from the news release when Davis pleaded guilty or what happened to those arrested in China. It was also unclear what and how many charges Davis pleaded guilty to.

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