US Copyright bringing new meaning to ‘long arm of the law’

October 2007


An Australian man who had never been to the US (or ever even owned a passport) is, thanks to US copyright laws, currently serving a 15-month sentence in a US jail. Hew Griffiths was convicted by a Federal Court in Virginia back in June of this year for being a ring leader of DrinkOrDie (DOD) an underground software piracy network, but the case is interesting because he never actually set foot in the United States nor actually profit from his copyright infringing activities.


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