Alleged software pirate turns himself in to police

The BSA and the MPAA work together for the first time to go after a bootlegger

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly sold pirated software and movies through a Web site has turned himself in to police, according to two trade groups.

Robert Uss of Reinholds, Pennsylvania, turned himself in Friday after the East Cocalico Township Police Department raided his house a week earlier, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said in a press release. Police seized more than 10,000 disks containing unauthorized copies of software and movies, the groups said.

Uss allegedly operated from his basement using a single computer and two disk burners, BSA and MPAA said.

The police department did not have information on Uss available Friday morning but could issue a press release next week, a spokeswoman there said. Uss faces criminal charges prohibiting the illegal manufacture and sale of recordable disks, according to the trade groups.

BSA began investigating Uss in June after receiving a complaint about a Web site where he offered to sell copies of software, movies, music, and games, the BSA said. The BSA then learned that movie distributor 20th Century Fox had sued Uss in 2005 and received a default judgment.

Uss' Web site on Friday said its server was down until "the 21st or further notice."

The two trade groups conducted a joint investigation -- the first time the groups have worked together -- and made several purchases from Uss, the BSA said.

Uss is an example of "how a single individual, operating alone from his basement, can cause significant losses" to the software and movie industries, John Wolfe, BSA's director of Internet enforcement, said in a statement. "There are many others ... out there selling illegal copies of software, and they need to know that we will find and prosecute them.”