According to Courier Herald (October 14, 2012) – Kim Sang-jin was sentenced to 40-months’ imprisonment for two counts of copyright infringement.

Kim operated websites which distributed pirated copies of movies, television shows, software and workout videos via internet download.

Some of the pirated materials were television shows illegally downloaded from Korean broadcasters.  The programs were marketed to the Korean community in the United States.  U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones also ordered Kim to forfeit $409,776 to the government as proceeds of his crime.  Judge Jones said Kim was a “one man wrecking ball” against the industries whose work he stole.

“This defendant operated websites that engaged in copyright infringement on a massive scale,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “By stealing and selling the work of others, he damaged people working in many industries – software and video production companies, musicians and movie companies, even broadcast companies in Korea. All were denied income by his theft.”

It appears that Korean authorities alerted the Immigration authorities and Homeland Security in the United States of Kim’s wrong doings.  Why the harsh sentencing?

In asking for a prison sentence at the high end of the guidelines range, prosecutors wrote: “Mr. Kim created a one stop shop for pirated content that included music and videos as well as: software, video games, fitness videos, recorded sporting events, television shows, and movies including pre-release movies still in theaters.  His ability to market to an immigrant community and offer stolen content from a foreign country magnified his ability to go unnoticed and generate substantial personal profits.”

According to this short piece in The News Tribune (October 15, 2012) he was also ordered to pay $410,000 to the government.