Ex-Labor Department Employee Moonlighted As Movie Pirate

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Ricardo Taylor, 57, pleaded guilty to a federal copyright law violation in connection with his pirate project. The former supervisor of the Labor Department’s mailroom (and, at one time, the moonlighting manager of a local cinema) reportedly used his office’s five-bay DVD burner to copy and sell more than 1,200 bootlegs for $4 or $5 to friends and coworkers. By 2013, Taylor’s final year with the department, the five-year bootleg operation was making $19,000 a year, according to court documents. – Greg Evans, Deadline Hollywood