Alleged software pirate turns himself over to police

A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man who allegedly ran a home-based online business selling pirated copies of software, music and movies was arrested Friday following an undercover operation by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Business Software Alliance (BSA) trade groups.

Robert Uss, of Reinholds, Lancaster County, turned himself over to police Friday, one week after East Cocalico Township police obtained a search warrant for his parent's home and recovered thousands of CDs and DVDs of illegally copied software, games, movies and music, said Detective Kerry Sweigart.

The raid on Uss' house came after MPAA and BSA investigators allegedly purchased pirated materials from the suspect over the last few months, between last November and this month. The investigators then contacted local police about the purchases, Sweigart said.

"With that information, we got a search warrant" and recovered about 10,000 pirated discs, he said.

Uss was charged with trademark counterfeiting and copying recorded devices under Pennsylvania laws, Sweigart said. He was arraigned before District Justice Nancy Hamill and taken to Lancaster County Prison where he is being held in lieu of US$10,000 bail.

Uss faces up to seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines if convicted on the charges.