The Associated Press reports that a 27-yeaer-old Lafayette, Louisiana, man faces possible prison time and more than $50,000 in restitution after admitting he copied hundreds of "bootleg" concert recordings — including those by NINE INCH NAILS and KORN — in a case that has nabbed music retailers in three states, including Alabama.
William F- Pritchard Junior pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to traffic in unauthorized sound recordings of live musical performances, otherwise known as bootlegs.
He is among nine people charged in the investigation, including music store owners and wholesalers in Lafayette, New Orleans, Alabama and Florida who dealt in bootleg recordings.
The investigation began seven years ago in New Orleans, where federal agents seized several bootlegs in a search of Mushroom Records, a popular independent music store near Tulane University.
The store's owner was sentenced in 2003 to three years of probation and agreed to forfeit 502 compact discs.
Federal agents focused on Lafayette when an employee of Mushroom Records said Pritchard had been supplying bootlegs to the New Orleans store.