HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY SHUT
THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND
THE DEPARTMENT OF
The individual responsible for the operation of the SkullKnight.net website has
pleaded guilty to seven counts
of criminal copyright infringement in the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
and faces up to 10 years
in prison, a $500,000 fine, and restitution of over $5 million.
Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted
material is investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted
by the Department of Justice. Individuals who willfully infringe copyright by
distributing or reproducing infringing material risk criminal prosecution under
18 U.S.C. § 2319. First-time offenders convicted of a felony violation of
copyright laws face up to five years in federal prison, plus the payment of
restitution, forfeiture, and fines.