Ex-NASA Engineer Gets Probation In Software Piracy Case

By Stewart Bishop (September 5, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT) -- A former NASA electronics engineer who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement was sentenced on Wednesday to probation for buying pirated industrial-grade software from two Chinese nationals at a fraction of the estimated $1 million retail price.

Cosburn Wedderburn, 40 was ordered to serve one year of probation by U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark, after admitting that from 2008 through 2010, he purchased numerous "cracked" programs — software with its digital license files and other control features either disabled or circumvented — for use in his side computer engineering business.

Wedderburn, who lives in Baltimore and was then...

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