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Man Gets Three Years for Pirating Movies

SEATTLE (CN) - A federal judge sentenced a man who sold pirated media over the Internet to 40 months in federal prison and forfeit more than $400,000.

Prosecutors charged 36-year old Sang Jin Kim with criminal copyright infringement last November and seized the domain names 82movie.com and 007disk.com.

The government claimed Kim ran websites that offered pirated versions of popular movies, Korean TV shows, software and video games.

The sites were operated by Kim's Lynnwood, Wash.-based company, World Multimedia Group Inc. A source in South Korea alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs officials that Kim was distributing massive amounts of copyrighted material.

Undercover ICE agents met with Kim in September 2010 to discuss selling the website and server for 007disk.com.

Kim told the agents that he knew what he was doing was illegal and would often receive removal notices, according to the federal complaint.

He would remove movies from the website when he received a removal notice, but would put them back when the movies were no longer in theaters, prosecutors say.

Kim pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced Friday to 40 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones also ordered Kim to forfeit more than $400,000 for his crimes.

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