Gasca posed as MPAA employee to access theaters.
The so-called "Prince of Piracy" was found guilty in a Los Angeles federal court today (June 30) on seven charges related to camcording movies in theatres, the Motion Picture Assn. of American announced.
Johnny Ray Gasca posed as an employee of the MPAA to get into movie screenings and then threatened people who tried to stop him from camcording films. A jury found him guilty of criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy, identity theft, witness retaliation and escape.
President George W. Bush recently signed into law a bill that makes camcording in movie theaters a federal felony. Thirty-three states have anti-camcording laws.
The MPAA says that 90% of pirated movies come from films camcorded in theaters.