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A Missouri man has been sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted for illegally recording 2008 film THE DARK KNIGHT and selling it on counterfeit DVD’s.

Robert Henderson of Grandview, Missouri, sparked an investigation by officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in July (09), after he was caught recording the Batman Returns sequel, starring Christian Bale and late actor Heath Ledger, during a trip to the cinema.

He pleaded guilty in October (09) and has now been ordered to serve two months in a U.S. federal prison and pay a $24,738 (£15,460) fine.

MPAA spokesperson Mike Robinson says, “This is an appropriate sentence for a very serious crime, and we hope it will serve as a warning to would-be movie thieves that they will face severe consequences for engaging in these activities.”


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