Software pirate goes to jail for seven years
Does not pass go, does not collect $200. iBackups.net owner Nathan Peterson received an 87 month sentence for software piracy, which is a record for sentences to date. For those of you who don't feel like doing the math, that's seven years and three months. Nathan also has to repay $5.4 million in restitution in $200 monthly payments after he gets out of prison. iBackups.net damages were reportedly $20 million instead of the usual for most cases, which sits at $9 million. Peterson used Google's AdSense to find customers for his pirated software. The FBI seized homes, half a dozen cars, and even a boat from Peterson, which he had obtained using money from what the court called a federal offense. So, I guess the lesson here is the next time you are about to pirate software, don't.