Former video store owner accused of selling more than 38,000 pirated movies goes on trial
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Former video store owner accused of selling more than 38,000 pirated movies goes on trial

A pile of DVD cases with DVDs on top (Getty Images) BANGOR ( BDN ) — Whether a former Bangor-area businessman willfully violated copyright law when he pirated movies and allegedly committed mail fraud by sending the DVDs to customers is at the heart of a trial that began Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Douglas Gordon, 52, who previously lived in Brewer but now resides in Mattawamkeag, earlier this year pleaded not guilty to copyright infringement and mail fraud. Gordon owned Edge Video in Bangor and Brewer, both of which are now closed. The prosecution claims that Gordon was familiar with copyright law and knew that he did not have permission to make copies of films and sell them online for between $9.99 and $24.99. Gordon also allegedly committed mail fraud because customers expected to receive a DVD similar to ones sold at retail stores and large online sellers. The U.S. attorney’s office claims that Gordon sold more than 38,000 counterfeit copies of movies for nearly $590,000 in sales. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Moore told the jury of 10 men and three women, including one alternate, in his opening statement that Gordon was aware he was violating […]

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