Women sentenced for pirating DVD movies 5-27-07

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two women learned firsthand that the feds are serious about that warning shown at the start of home movies - the one that threatens prosecution for making illegal copies.

Rena Cummins, 61, of Gallup, N.M., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 2 years of probation for her part in an operation that was based on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation.

She and Violet Little Elk were indicted in U.S. District Court in Pierre on a copyright infringement and aiding and abetting charge after agents seized 774 DVDs on August 25, according to court documents.

Between January and August of last year, they reproduced and distributed copies of motion pictures without authority, prosecutors said in court documents.

Little Elk, whose age and address are not listed, agreed to pay $500 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and was placed on nine months of pretrial diversion, which allows her to avoid prosecution if she abides by the terms.
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