Society

Man's Prison Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies Takes Ironic Turn

| by Will Hagle

An Ohio prison has acknowledged that it has shown pirated movies to inmates, despite at least one inmate serving a sentence for intellectual property and copyright violations. 

Reports that the Lorain County Correctional Institution had been showing films like Ride Along and The Wolf of Wall Street prior to their DVD release was made public by Richard Humphrey. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Humphrey was sentenced to 29 months in prison for selling unauthorized copies of copyrighted films through his site USAWAREZ.COM. Even though Humphrey was sent to prison for what he claimed to be “just a hobby,” the prison still showed illegal copies of movies to inmates. 

“How do you expect someone to be rehabilitated when there’s authority figures that are running those institutions that are copyright infringing?” Humphrey asked, according to Cleveland.com.

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An investigation at the prison is underway as to the legality of the films shown there, per Humphrey’s reports. A spokesperson from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction indicated that all films must undergo a review and approval process prior to being screened, and it is unclear whether or not a member of staff brought unapproved materials to the location.