U.S. News | Newport Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Movie and TV Streaming Business

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A federal judge has sentenced a 31-year-old, Talon White, to 12 months and one day in federal prison and three years supervised release for creating websites to illegally distribute thousands of copyright-protected movies and television shows without a license and evading taxes on the profits.

According to the initial lawsuit, investigators were informed of numerous illegal websites linked to Talon White which allows paid subscribers to stream and download thousands of copyright-protected movies and television shows.

Following the alleged infringement, the Motion Pictures Association of America in 2014 demanded White cease and desist the activity.

The defendant reportedly ignored the order and moved the business to another website to avoid detection.

The investigators reportedly served search and seizure warrants on White’s house in Newport and several bank accounts.

The plaintiff has reportedly filed false personal income tax returns, underreporting his income by more than $4.4 million and causing a tax loss to the IRS of more than $1.7 million between 2013 and 2017.

In November 2019, White pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and tax evasion.

The court ordered White to pay more than $4.3 million in restitution to the MPAA and IRS and also forfeit all money and cryptocurrency seized from his bank accounts and his Newport house purchased with proceeds of his scheme.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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