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Remaining NinjaVideo Co-founder Pleads Guilty

Justin Dedemko, 28, co-founder of NinjaVideo.net has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. He could be given up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 24.

Dedemko is the last remaining member of the NinjaVideo oversight team to plead guilty. The site allowed users to illegally download copyrigted TV shows and movies, according to the Justice Department, which announced the plea.

Matthew David Howard Smith and Hana Amal Beshara have already pled guilty to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.    

Dedemko was responsible for finding infringing content and uploading it to NinjaVideo servers, said Justice. He also marketed the service to advertisers.

To the applause of studios and other copyright holders, Justice has been cracking down on IP piracy via its "Task Force on Intellectual Property."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.