The Avon Lady's OFP FAQ is now the property of the United States government.The domain and web site were surrendered to U.S. law enforcement pursuant to a federal prosecution and felony plea agreement for conspiracy to violate criminal copyright laws.
Stephanie Allison, a.k.a “The Avon Lady,” pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on March 27, 2003, to conspiring with others to violate federal copyright laws by illegally distributing intellectual property materials over the Internet. These materials mainly consisted of music files belonging to various recording artists and corporations, that were embedded in files used in playing the PC computer game Operation Flashpoint, published by The Codemasters Software Company LLP.
Ms. Allison used www.theavonlady.org as the exclusive outlet to distribute these intellectual property materials to individuals on the Internet. As a result, the Avon Lady's OFP FAQ website is now the property of the United States government. Individuals involved in this conduct face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $500,000 for each count charged. To learn more about United States v. Stephanie Allison, click here.
Piracy is the unauthorized, willful reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material, such as software, movies, music, and games. People who distribute pirated works over the Internet via IRC, FTP sites, web sites, or file-sharing networks, and people who download or reproduce pirated works are risking criminal prosecution. Piracy is a crime even when the works are distributed over the Internet for free or where the conduct does not involve monetary gain.
The Department of Justice and federal law enforcement will continue to investigate and prosecute individuals and groups that violate the federal criminal copyright laws at home and abroad. For more information on these and other federal anti-piracy investigations, visit http://www.cybercrime.gov/index.html.