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Man Convicted of Copyright Violation Gets Two More Years for Jumping Bail

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 17, 2009
  • Northern District of Alabama (205) 244-2001

A former Hoover man who jumped bail after being sentenced in March 2008 for illegally copying and selling more than 12,000 DVDs and 300 CDs had nearly two years added to his prison sentence today, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

Dennis Lloyd Brown, 41, will now serve more than five years in prison. U.S. District Judge James Hancock sentenced him today to 21 months in prison for jumping bail. Those 21 months will be added onto the 42-month sentence Brown was given in 2008 after pleading guilty to the illegal production and sell of movies and music on digital discs.

Brown was charged with jumping bail after he failed to show up to begin serving his original sentence in April 2008. U.S. marshals caught him in Florida 13 months later. Brown pleaded guilty to the flight charge.

Brown was operating his illegal business out of a Birmingham residence in 2007, selling pirated videos and music from about noon to 7 p.m. most days, according to his January 2008 plea agreement. After police discovered the operation, they seized 12,750 DVDs of counterfeited movies, 330 CDs of counterfeited music, $1,119, a computer, several towers of DVD burners and surveillance equipment.

Birmingham Police and the FBI investigated the copyright infringement case, which, along with the bail-jumping case, was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lloyd Peeples on behalf of the United States.

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