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Man arrested in video piracy crackdown sentenced

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:04 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2011


A Hawaii resident arrested in a nationwide crackdown on video game piracy was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to three years of probation and fined $2,000.

Nicholas Goodness-Glory, 31, pleaded guilty in February to importing and selling modification chips and swap discs that allow pirated video games to be played on Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft xbox consoles. The mod chips and swap discs enabled the user to defeat the security measures built into the consoles to protect the manufacturers' copyrighted intellectual property. 

The government said Glory imported the chips from Hong Kong and sold them online.

Glory admitted in his plea agreement that he earned between $5,000 and $10,000 selling modification chips and swap discs from 2003 to 2007 when federal authorities raided his home.

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