By Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A North Carolina man who owned a music-sharing website has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement.

Rocky P. Ouprasith of Charlotte entered the plea Friday in federal court in Norfolk.

The 23-year-old Ouprasith faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on Nov. 17.

Federal prosecutors say Ouprasith operated the website from May 2011 to October 2014. Ouprasith admitted obtaining copies of copyrighted songs and albums from online sources and encouraged others to upload music to the website.

As part of his guilty plea, Ouprasith admitted the market value of his illegally obtained material was more than $2.5 million.

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