February 10, 2015

Macy Residents Sentenced for Copyright Infringement

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that William Cayou, age 34,of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Holly Cayou, age 39, of Macy, Nebraska, were sentenced upon their convictions for copyright infringement. On February 9, 2015, Chief United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced William Cayou to five years’ probation. On January 12, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken sentenced Holly Cayou to five years’ probation. While on probation, the Cayous will each have to perform 200 hours of community service and each defendant will have to separately pay $1,500 in restitution.

William Webster and Holly Cayou were formerly married and resided in Macy, Nebraska on the Omaha Indian Reservation from 2011 through 2013. From May 1, 2011 through May 6, 2013, the Cayous obtained pirated copies of copyrighted motion pictures which they reproduced and sold to persons on the Omaha Indian Reservation without the consent of the copyright holders. The investigation revealed that Holly Cayou sold approximately 600 DVDs and William Cayou sold approximately 1,250 DVDs during the time period.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.