So what happens when they catch a pirate? Going by a recent case, it seems the answer is: not much.

Khuong Van Truong was caught with hard goods. More than 11,000 pirated video games, 4,000 pirated movie DVDs, and 300 pirated audio CDs. Quite a little collection.

Given all the fanfare about piracy and how terrible it is, you’d expect a heavy sentence. However, Van Truong got only 10 months in jail and a $5000 fine. Maybe the judge went easy on him because he pleaded guilty, saving everyone a lot of time and money.

Michael Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, called the sentence “significant”. Really? I’d call it a slap on the wrist myself. Less than a year in jail and a small fine for massive copyright infringement.

Then again, who knows? Considering all the movies he had, maybe the MPAA will go after him. And then the record industry. They both scream all the time about piracy.

The ESA may be pleased with the conviction, but I don’t see this discouraging anyone from pirating digital goods. Besides, these days, most of it happens online anyway. This was just a tiny drop in a very big bucket.

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