Bootleg movies lands Augusta man in jail

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, August 7, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- Bootlegging is a billion dollar industry including everything from brand name purses, to music, and hollywood movies, but now it's landed an Augusta man in jail. Richmond County deputies say they busted Demetries Banks with hundreds of illegal movies some even in theaters right now. News 12 is hearing the James Brown movie Get On Up was part of his stash.

Sgt. Shane McDaniel may have desk job now, but that wasn't always the case.

"I've actually spent a number of years working those kind of crimes," Sgt. McDaniel is talking about piracy crimes.

Counterfeits of anything from fake high end purses to illegal dvd's.

"A person can bootleg movies, music, new releases, movies that haven't been released just yet. Just about anything can be bootlegged or counterfeited," he told News 12.

Fakes are what deputies say landed 42 year old Demetries Bank in jail this week. They found copies of 900 different movies some even in theaters now.

"There's no law against possessing it. You've actually broken the law when you've got it and you sold it for profit," said McDaniel.

The sheriff's office won't confirm copies of James Brown's movie Get On Up were found, but sources close to the investigation say there was some.

The Godfather of Soul's daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, confirms she's heard of illegal Get On Up movies hitting the streets of Augusta and released this statement about the sheriff's office recent arrest.

"Many worked very hard to bring this story to the big screen, and their work should not be taken advantage of including the Godfather or and his many contributions to society," she wrote to News 12.

"You ask if it's something that the sheriff's office takes lightly....oh no," McDaniel told News 12.

A felony charge of bootlegging could cost you up to 750 per dvd and as misdemeanor you could see 1 to 5 years in jail plus other fines.

According to experts teenage boys are the largest downloaders of illegal music and movies like these. So, with school under way for some and getting ready to start for others parents may want to share with their kids the price of selling counterfeit movies or cd's

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