09/23/2011 17:21 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that the founder of NinjaVideo.net, Matthew David Howard Smith, was convicted of conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement. Smith’s conviction is the first pursuant to “Operation In Our Sites.”
Smith admitted to founding Ninjavideo.net where millions of website visitors visited to illegally download copies of movies and television shows. Since the website’s inception in 2008, Smith and his co-conspirators generated more than half a million dollars in advertising revenue. Smith now faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count.
NinjaVideo was a prime example of these “worst of the worst” rogue websites that victimize not only the buyers of these products, but the over 2 million hardworking Americans whose livelihoods depend on the motion picture and television industry.
We thank ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, the Justice Department's Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for leading this investigation and applaud the continued success of “Operation In Our Sites.”