Charles Ndhlovu was convicted for his participation in a counterfeit DVD and CD ring.  A federal jury convicted Ndhlovu of one count of trafficking in counterfeit labels and three counts of criminal copyright infringement.  Ndhlovu and his co-defendants were originally indicted in May 2009.


The jury returned its verdict after three days of trial and six hours of deliberation.  The evidence at trial established that other defendants named in the May 2009 indictment rented space at a warehouse on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, where they "burned," or copied DVDs and CDs and produced counterfeit labels and packaging.  According to the evidence at trial, Ndhlovu purchased labels and blank digital media for use in manufacturing the infringing DVD and CD copies of copyrighted material and distributing them to retail outlets.  The entire criminal enterprise was responsible for the distribution of illegal products that, if legitimate, would have been valued at more than $12 million.  The charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  In addition, the defendant faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.