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China Jails 2 Americans on DVD Piracy Charges

A Chinese court in Shanghai has sentenced two U.S. citizens to up to two-and-a-half years in prison for selling pirated movies over the Internet.

The two men were sentenced along with two Chinese accomplices for selling more than 180,000 illegally-copied DVDs to buyers around the world using the U.S.-based website E-bay and a website based in Russia.

One American, Randolph Guthrie, was given a 30-month sentence and ordered to pay a $60,000 fine. The other American, Cody Thrush, was charged as an accessory, given a one-year sentence and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine. The court ordered both men to be deported after serving out their sentences.

The United States and other nations have urged China to do more to enforce intellectual property rights. Counterfeit music and video discs are widely available in China.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.