Gallup woman sentenced for pirating DVD movies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A New Mexico woman learned firsthand that the feds are serious about that warning shown at the start of home movies -- the one that threatens prosecution for making illegal copies.

Sixty-1-year-old Rena Cummins of Gallup was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to two years' probation for her part in an operation that was based on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation.

She and another woman were indicted in federal court in Pierre, South Dakota, on a copyright infringement and aiding and abetting charge.

That's after agents seized 774 DVDs on August 25th.

According to court documents, the two reproduced and distributed copies of motion pictures without authority between January and August of last year.