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Copyright Cases - U.S. v. Polk (D. Miss.)


November 21, 2001



U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Mississippi
188 East Capitol Street, Suite 500
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601-965-4480
FTS 490-4480

Liberty, Mississippi Woman Convicted of Distributing Copyrighted Videotapes Through Her Video Rental Business

DUNN LAMPTON, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, announced that Cynthia Polk, age 48, of Liberty, Mississippi, was found guilty on an indictment charging Infringement of Copyright in United States District Court yesterday.

According to the proof at trial, Polk infringed the copyrights of various copyrighted works by distributing, through her video rental business, counterfeit videotapes of movies for commercial advantage and private financial gain.

The charge against Polk carries a maximum sentence of 5 years; a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and a period of supervised release of up to 3 years.

The sentencing hearing in this case is scheduled for February 4, 2002, before U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr.


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