U.S. jails Chinese national for piracy

Bloomberg

A U.S. court sentenced a Chinese national to 12 years in prison for selling more than $100 million worth of software pirated from U.S. companies, including Agilent Technologies Inc., from his home in China.

Xiang Li, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, after pleading guilty to copyright and wire fraud conspiracy charges in connection with software sales from his China-based website, prosecutors said.

Li and his wife, from Chengdu, China, were accused of running a website called “Crack 99″ that sold copies of software for which “access-control mechanisms” had been circumvented, prosecutors said in a 46-count indictment.

Li is the first Chinese citizen to be “apprehended and prosecuted in the U.S. for cybercrimes he engaged in entirely from China,” prosecutors said in court filings.