Macon County Chronicle

DVD Burning Operation Goes Down in Flames

Forty-year-old Debbie Sue Knight was arrested and charged with ‘Recorded Devices’ on Tuesday, October 25th, after officers from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department discovered approximately 1,400 copies of movies that Knight allegedly burned from a local video store and sold for $5 each.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, a search warrant was served at Knight’s 8888 Galen Road residence after the Macon County video store reported that Knight would ritually rent all new releases, record them onto DVDs and sell them from her residence.

During the investigation by the Sheriff’s Department, an undercover officer contacted Knight about purchasing a copied DVD and was told he/she could buy them for $5 a piece.

After a search of her residence, officers seized all recording equipment, approximately 1,400 copied movies and information that proved Knight has sold numerous copied DVDs in the past. The number of illegal movies sold and the profit amount made by Knight over the years, has not yet been determined.

There are both state and federal laws against the unlawful copying and selling of recordings. The state law reads:

It is unlawful to duplicate, transport or sell any recording for company advantage or private financial gain without the consent of the owner.

According to Sheriff Gammons, the FBI may take the case to federal court.

Knight was booked into the Macon County Jail on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on November 23rd.