Australian Sentenced to 51 Months for Copyright Infringement

Australian software hacker Hew Griffiths was sentenced last week to over 4 years in prison on one count of “conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement” ending his long-running battle to avoid extradition and sentencing in the US. This is on top of the nearly three years he spent incarcerated at a detention center in Australia while fighting the US extradition bid.

Seven years jail time for copyright infringement? Seems a bit over the top, but Mr. Griffiths found himself the new poster-boy for the US Department of Justice in their effort to make an example of a notorious code-cracker, and one who made the mistake of boasting that he would never be caught.

Calgary – 19:44 MST

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