Las Vegas woman pleads guilty to copyright infringement

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An operator of what had been a popular underground website for downloading pirated movies has pleaded guilty to a copyright infringement conspiracy.

Hana Beshara, 29, of Las Vegas admitted her role Thursday in running, which at one point allowed millions of users to illegally download movies and TV programs.

Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., estimated NinjaVideo users submitted more than 1 million requests a week for pirated movies and TV shows before the site was shut down last year.

In court documents, Beshara admitted she personally profited by $210,000 from operating NinjaVideo between 2008 and 2010. While most content was available for free, some required a subscription fee. Users also made donations online that allowed them to access more material.

Beshara pleaded guilty to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement and could face up to 10 years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6.

She is the second person linked to NinjaVideo to plead guilty. Three others still face trial.