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Copyright Cases - U.S. v. Sandoval (C.D. Cal.)

April 20, 2006
U.S. Department of Justice
Central District of California
Debra Wong Chang
United States Attorney
Thom Mrozek
Public Affairs Officer
(213) 894-6947

Los Angeles Man Convicted under New Statute for Pirating Movie in a Movie Theater

A retired painter, Manuel Sandoval, has been found guilty of pirating the motion picture "The Legend of Zorro."

Sandoval, 70, a Los Angeles-area resident with no fixed address, was convicted of using a camcorder for the unauthorized recording of a motion picture in a movie theater. Sandoval was convicted following a three-day jury trial.

Sandoval was apprehended by movie theater employees and a mall security guard after they observed him camcording "The Legend of Zorro" during a matine performance on its opening day, October 28, 2005. When theater employees searched the bag in which Sandoval had hidden his camera, they also found tapes containing pirated copies of "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" and "Monsters Inc." None of the studios that held the rights to "The Legend of Zorro," "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" and "Monsters Inc." authorized Sandoval to copy those movies. The trial was the first in the nation under the Family Entertainment Copyright Act of 2005.

Sandoval is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Percy Anderson on July 3. At sentencing, Sandoval faces a maximum possible sentence of three years in federal prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Mark Krause
(213) 894-3493

Release No. 06-046

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