A Newport man was sentenced Friday to federal prison for pirating thousands of copyright-protected movies and television shows, illegally distributing them on the internet and evading taxes on his profits from the multimillion-dollar scheme.
Talon White, 31, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years’ probation after being convicted of copyright infringement and tax evasion.
Investigators were tipped off in October 2013 that White was allowing paid subscribers to stream and download movies and television shows, some of which had yet to be released to the public, from numerous websites, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
The Motion Picture Association of America demanded in 2014 that White cease the illegal activity — a demand he ignored over the next four years while moving his business and subscribers among websites to avoid detection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
It was a lucrative…