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  • Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) | Department of Justice.
    Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section - United States Department of Justice.
  • Federal agents seized computers in 27 U.S. cities Tuesday morning to gain evidence against hackers in an international software piracy ring. Police in five countries also served warrants against people accused of stealing software, U.S. Customs Service officials said. They alleged the people targeted in the raids stole and distributed all types of media, including Microsoft Windows operating systems, computer games and high-quality copies of new movies like Harry Potter and Monsters, Inc.
  • Game companies have filed federal racketeering suit against a nationwide ring of software pirates who methodically distributed top games, sometimes even before they were commercially available. The Interactive Digital Software Association has banded together with six major game publishers to file suit against three alleged pirate rings, known as Class, Paradigm, and Razor 1911.
  • Warcraft III, the much-anticipated sequel from Blizzard Entertainment, hits store shelves on July 3. The series, which is the company's most recognizable franchise, hoped its rollout would create a big splash in an industry that thrives on glitz and glamour. That wasn't to be. While designers rushed to complete the game, groups of crackers around the world were trying to get their hands on Warcraft III before it was released. It's a regular dance between game companies and pirate groups. The bigger the game, the more intense the pressure on both sides. In this battle, the game companies almost never win.
  • A Slashdot public interview conducted with former Drink Or Die member BiGrAr, taken before he served a 33 month jail sentence after being busted in Operation Buccaneer.
  • In the early hours of July 6, Jenny, head of a software piracy ring based in the Pacific Northwest, paced impatiently in front of a rack of high-speed personal computers, waiting for the phone call that would make her a superstar in the pirate underground. It would come from an employee of LucasArts Entertainment Co. in San Rafael,who for $300 would supply Jenny's pirate group with one of the most anticipated games of the summer: "TIE Fighter," based on the "Star Wars" movie trilogy and priced at about $60 per copy. At LucasArts, the employee attached a small cellular modem to the back of his PC - a technique that would keep any record of the call off the company telephone bill - and dialed. Within a few minutes, the program had arrived in Jenny's computer, lacking only the code keys that would make it possible to play the game without an owner's manual.
  • Two years of probation with periodic urine tests, and a limit on access to the Internet. That's the sentence handed down Tuesday to Jeffrey Gerard Levy, 22, who pleaded guilty for illegally distributing MP3 files, movie clips, and software including Adobe Photoshop.
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that in three separate federal law enforcement actions federal agents executed approximately 100 search warrants worldwide against virtually every level of criminal organizations engaged in illegal software piracy over the Internet. The three Operations, codenamed 'Buccaneer,' 'Bandwidth' and 'Digital Piratez,' struck at all aspects of the illegal software, game and movie trade, often referred to as 'warez scene.'.
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that in three separate federal law enforcement actions federal agents executed approximately 100 search warrants worldwide against virtually every level of criminal organizations engaged in illegal software piracy over the Internet. The three Operations, codenamed "Buccaneer," "Bandwidth" and "Digital Piratez," struck at all aspects of the illegal software, game and movie trade, often referred to as "warez scene.".
  • Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
    Operation Buccaneer is an ongoing international copyright piracy investigation and prosecution undertaken by federal law enforcement. On December 11, 2001, in a coordinated international effort, the U.S. Customs Service and the Department of Justice executed, or caused to be executed, more than 65 searches in the U.S. and five foreign countries. As of October, 2002, 16 defendants have been convicted in the U.S. of felony criminal copyright offenses, including conspiracy to commit those offenses, and 13 defendants have been sentenced to federal prison terms of up to 46 months. These are the longest sentences ever imposed in the United States for Internet copyright piracy. Additional guilty pleas and sentencings are scheduled in the coming months.
  • The release groups targeted by Fastlink specialize in the distribution of all types of pirated works including utility and application software, movies, music and games. Among the groups targeted by Fastlink are well-known organizations such as Fairlight, Kalisto, Echelon, Class and Project X, all of which specialized in pirating computer games, and music release groups such as APC. The enforcement action announced today is expected to dismantle many of these international warez syndicates and significantly impact the illicit operations of others.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leading public Internet site dedicated to online copyright piracy was seized by the Justice Department today. Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff and Paul J. McNulty, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia today announced the seizure of www.iSONEWS.com as part of a previous plea agreement entered into by a defendant convicted of violating the criminal copyright laws.
  • Seventeen defendants from across the United States and Europe were indicted by a federal grand jury today for allegedly conspiring to infringe the copyright of more than 5,000 computer software programs that were available through a hidden Internet site that was located at a university in Quebec, Canada, the Justice Department announced.
  • CHICAGO – A federal jury here returned a guilty verdict in the nation’s first trial under the 1997 No Electronic Theft (NET) Act involving a computer software piracy conspiracy, Scott R. Lassar, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced today. Following a week-long trial, jurors deliberated only 30 minutes late on Friday, May 11, before finding Christian Morley, 28, of Salem, Mass., guilty of conspiracy to infringe software copyrights.
  • Sega announced Thursday it had crushed more than 60 illegal websites and 125 auction sites flogging pirated versions of its Dreamcast games, until recently viewed as one of the most secure digital entertainment systems on the market.
  • A copy of the honeypot site after it went public. "A site founded by a former moderator of one of the most popular file-hosting and uploader hangouts has admitted today that his site was a honeypot setup to capture data on pirate activity. WDF, a former senior staff member at popular discussion forum WJunction, says that in the 12 months since his site went online he's been grabbing information about uploaders and file-hosts. "I suckered shitloads of you," he said today as he announced the acquisition of his site by a U.S.-based anti-piracy company.".
  • To hear the federal government and piracy experts describe it, DrinkOrDie, the network of software crackers that was the focus of worldwide anti-piracy law enforcement action on Tuesday, is the al-Qaida of Internet software theft. The U.S. Customs Service called the group "the oldest and most well known" of Internet piracy organizations, describing it as a loose affiliation of computer experts who operate as sleepers in our midst, ready to drop their cover and crack the latest copy of Photoshop at any instant.
  • This is a book about cops, and wild teenage whiz-kids, and lawyers, and hairy-eyed anarchists, and industrial technicians, and hippies, and high-tech millionaires, and game hobbyists, and computer security experts, and Secret Service agents, and grifters, and thieves. This book is about the electronic frontier of the 1990s. It concerns activities that take place inside computers and over telephone lines.
  • NO COPY - Die Welt der digitalen Raubkopien: Die Website. NO COPY war das erste deutschsprachige Buch, über das Zusammenspiel der Raubkopierer, Industrie und der Hackerethik. Das komplette Buch ist hier zu lesen.
    Of the ideals of the first hacker to download as a mass phenomenon - Jan Kroemer and Evrim Sen cover the background and context on a global scene. What is at all a copy? What damage can be caused by copying? Who are the masterminds of a community that could still neither industry nor prosecutors halt? What are the beliefs of the hackers are so plausible that even scientists and lawyers representing them with zeal? And who actually owns the Internet and what the Pentagon has to do with anything?
  • What does it mean to own software? When I buy a game, what can and can't I do with it? Does illegal copying of software really hurt anyone? If a company no longer sells a game, should I be able to download a copy of it? Not too long ago, most people would never have given any of these questions a thought. But as computer use has spread, and with it the use of software, these questions have gained in currency.
  • In Microsoft's battle against software piracy, the first round goes to pirates, even though the starting bell hasn't even rung yet. Microsoft's new operating system, Windows XP, won't be in stores for another seven weeks, but pirated copies are already floating around on the Internet.