Student Becomes First Convicted Internet Pirate
According to the Justice Department, Jeffrey Gerard Levy, 22, admitted in January 1999 that he had illegally allowed the general public to download and copy copyrighted music, movies and software programs on his Web site. Levy will be formally sentenced Nov. 2.
The Justice Department recently closed a loophole in the NET Act that said prosecutors had to prove that cyber-thieves received "commercial benefits" from their thefts in order to win convictions.
A Justice Department official said there was no evidence that Levy had made any profit from the freely available works.