Winnipeg businessman fined $550K for music piracy
Rajdeep Singh Ramgotra’s Audiomaxxx case considered one of largest pirating busts in 10 years
A Winnipeg business owner will have to pay more than half a million dollars in fines and serve a two-year conditional sentence in what is considered one of Canada’s largest CD and DVD pirating busts in a decade.
Rajdeep Singh Ramgotra was slapped with 52 charges in 2008 under the federal copyright act.
At the time, more than 200,000 CDs and DVDs were seized from Audiomaxxx.com, based in Winnipeg.
The website, which allowed people to order CDs or download music for $3.99, had a catalogue that included artists like Shania Twain, Jay-Z and Nelly Furtado.
Police said at the time the charges were laid they believed the operation extended beyond Canada to the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.
Officers believed the organization could burn more than 11,500 discs a day, and in the three years he was in business, he made about $150,000 in profit.
He eventually accepted a plea deal, admitting to selling $1.9 million worth of counterfeit CDs and DVDs. Ramgotra was sentenced on Thursday.
Ramgotra will have to pay $400,000 in restitution and $150,000 in court costs to 12 record companies, as well as serve a conditional sentence in the community.
with files from the Canadian Press