Justin E. Harrison, resident of Oxford, GA is the first to fall afoul of new legislation that prevents unauthorized sale of illicit labels.
Being the first this case prosecuted under the new law, the 26 year-old received a penalty that is probably as much about punishment as sending a warning:
“Federal courts found Harrison guilty of using illicit Certificates of Authenticity to hawk copied versions of Windows as new and legitimate. Harrison faces almost four years of federal prison, three years probation, a $25,000 fine, as well as the forfeiture of almost a quarter million dollars, 25 pairs of diamond earrings, 88 high-end watches and six digital cameras earned from his crimes. An FBI raid of his property, conducted in 2005, found 488 licenses from various versions of Windows, consisting of Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Case records indicated that some of the licenses were stolen.”
All this just
begs the question: Who really needs 88 high-end watches anyhow?