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CD pirate receives prison sentence

PAVEL C from the central Slovak town of Zvolen was sentenced to one year in jail for breaches of copyright, after it turned out he was illegally burning CDs with computer games, music, and movies, and selling them on the Internet.

Pavel C is the first person in Slovak history to receive a sentence for this type of crime. He allegedly earned nearly Sk190,000 (4,500 euro) through CD piracy between March 2000 and June 2001.

Roma Karabelli, spokesman for the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which has often criticised the country's software piracy business, said the sentence was a positive step in dealing with the illegal activities. The BSA said it was following another 18 cases in which individuals or groups were doing the same thing.

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