NinjaVideo Co-Founder Pleads Guilty In Copyright Case

Law360, Los Angeles (September 23, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT) -- co-founder Matthew David Howard Smith pled guilty in Virginia federal court Friday to one count each of copyright infringement and conspiracy, two weeks after he and four others were indicted for their involvement in the film and television downloading website.

“The defendant acknowledges that he voluntarily and intentionally joined the NinjaVideo conspiracy, knowing that the purpose of NinjaVideo was the illegal infringement of copyrighted works for purposes of private financial gain,” Smith said in court filings.

The plea agreement marks a high-profile victory for the...
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