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Alleged software pirate turns himself in

More than 10,000 discs seized

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly sold pirated software and movies through a website has turned himself into police, according to two trade groups.

Robert Uss of Reinholds, Pennsylvania, turned himself in Friday after the East Cocalico Township Police Department raided his house a week earlier, the BSA (Business Software Alliance) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) said. Police seized more than 10,000 discs containing unauthorised copies of software and movies, the groups said.

Uss allegedly operated from his basement using a single computer and two disc burners, BSA and MPAA said.

The police department did not have information on Uss available on Friday morning, but could issue a press release this, a spokeswoman said. Uss faces criminal charges prohibiting the illegal manufacture and sale of recordable disks, according to the trade groups.

The BSA began investigating Uss in June, after receiving a complaint about a website where he offered to sell copies of software, movies, music and games, the BSA said. The BSA then learned that movie distributor 20th Century Fox had sued Uss in 2005 and received a default judgment.

Uss' website said on Friday its server was down until "the 21st or further notice".

The two trade groups conducted a joint investigation - the first time the groups have worked together - and made several purchases from Uss, the BSA said.

Uss is an example of "how a single individual, operating alone from his basement, can cause significant losses" to the software and movie industries, said John Wolfe, BSA's director of internet enforcement. "There are many others... out there selling illegal copies of software and they need to know that we will find and prosecute them.”

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