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* Roosevelt Anderson Jr. Sentenced to Prison for Copying and Selling Adobe Photo Software

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A Las Vegas man has been sentenced in federal court in San Jose to two years in prison for illegally copying Adobe Systems Inc. software and selling it on the Internet. Roosevelt Anderson Jr., who formerly ran a computer repair business in Las Vegas, was given the prison term Monday by U.S. District Judge Edward Davila. Davila also ordered him to pay $247,144 in restitution to San Jose-based Adobe.

Anderson was convicted in February by a jury in Davila’s court of one count of criminal copyright infringement after a three-day trial. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said trial evidence showed that he made digital copies of two products, the Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 3 and Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite Extended, and sold them through PriceGrabber.com, an Internet shopping website.

Haag said Anderson made more than $70,000 from selling 310 copies of the creative suite and 46 copies of the extended version in 2008 and 2009.  The restitution amount was based on the products’ normal retail prices, which were $649 and $999 respectively at the time of the illegal sales. Davila ordered Anderson to begin serving his sentence on Aug. 30.

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