Well, this has to feel good to organizations like the MPAA, who have been banging the drum about antipiracy laws that have some teeth. The first of five convicted operators behind the illegal file-sharing site NinjaVideo.net has been sentenced after all pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and copyright infringement. Co-founder Hana Amal Beshara, 30, of North Brunswick, N.J., will serve 22 months in prison, two years of supervised release, complete 500 hours of community service, repay $209,826.95 that she personally obtained from her work and hand over financial accounts and computer equipment. She was one of the main operators of the site, which gave users the ability to download movies still in theaters or yet to be released, with that business taking in more than $505,000 in income. The site was one of nine taken down in June by Operation In Our Sites, an initiative targeting online piracy that involves Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia made the ruling.
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