Michigan Man Gets 1 ½ Years For Selling AEROSMITH, KISS Bootlegs

The Associated Press is reporting that a Michigan man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison and must pay $120,000 for selling bootlegged recordings of performances by AEROSMITH, KISS, BOB DYLAN and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

Jeffrey Smittle, 44, of Ceraso, Mich., was sentenced Thursday in Pittsburgh federal court. He pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized trafficking in recordings of live musical performances.

Federal prosecutors said a November 2002 search of Smittle's former home in Canonsburg, a Pittsburgh suburb, turned up more than 11,000 pirated recordings, which they said he sold to music dealers, at record shows and over the Internet.

Federal prosecutors said the case was rare for western Pennsylvania but mirrored efforts nationwide by the recording industry and law enforcement to curtail bootlegged recordings.

The Recording Industry Association of America, the Washington-based trade group that represents the major recording companies, has set up offices with detectives, hired private detectives and worked with law enforcement to crack down on pirated recordings.

The RIAA says the millions of pirated CDs routinely sold coast to coast are costing its members $300 million domestically and $4.2 billion worldwide in lost sales and royalties.


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