Ninjavideo.net, an Internet piracy site that released free movie and TV downloads, was raided last year by the ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
After the site’s manager, Hana Bashera, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and copyright infringement, she posted indignant messages to her online “community.” Because of this lack of remorse, the judge ended her grace period before starting a two-year prison sentence, over what the federal government charges was thievery from the motion picture and entertainment industry.
The site in North Brunswick, NJ was shut down. Bashera was Ninjavideo.net’s main message board moderator, and supervised the uploading and placement of files – mostly TV shows and movies, even posting films not yet released. She and her crew saw their operation as a movement, looking for sympathy from the world of Facebook through a lawyer-edited statement posted right after her guilty plea...
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