New Kensington Woman Charged with Copyright Infringement for Reproducing and Selling Copies of TV Shows and Movies

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Westmoreland County has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of copyright infringement, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Friday.

The one-count indictment, returned on October 23, named Sherry Collingwood, 60, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from January 2014, and continuing thereafter until March 2017, the defendant willfully infringed the copyright of one or more copyrighted works, to include “Blue Bloods,” “Vikings,” “Dexter,” “True Blood,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Californication,” and other television shows and motion pictures that have been released for sale to the public, by reproducing and distributing for private financial gain, ten or more copies of one or more copyrighted works during a 180-day period, which copies have a total retail value of more than $2,500.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, three years supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.