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Two New Jersey brothers charged with movie piracy July 13, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Bridgewater residents Paul Epifan, 23, and his brother, Timothy Epifan, 21, have been charged with third-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree piracy in connection with their efforts to allegedly record movies and sell them online.  The case started with investigators from the Motion Picture Association of America contacting the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Squad with information about two individuals pirating movies by  video taping new releases in movie theaters and selling them over the Internet.

When arrested at a movie theater, police found a high-end video camera on their possession.  A subsequent search of their house revealed computer, pirated DVD movies and equipment.  The monetary value allegedly stolen is unknown so the third degree charges could be upgraded.

The real bad news for these guys?  The case is in Somerset County.  Chances are, this case is going to trial.  No way these guys are getting a break as the MPAA is going to want to make an example out of these guys.  Hopefully they get an attorney that actually know which way is up when it comes to these cases.

Story is here.

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