Music Piracy Prosicution

When Crime Doesn’t pay…

    Millions of songs, movies, and other files are stolen online across the planet each and every day. Recognizing the threat of these rampant crimes, a global crackdown has begun. Countries from all over the world, lacking a more diplomatic solution, have resorted to the only tactic currently available to them–the long arm of the law!

Seven Arrested In Piracy CrackdownSeven individuals have been arrested after Police and Trading Standards officers with representatives from the game and film industries targeted car boot sale counterfeiters in the Staffordshire area…
Japan Police Arrest Piracy SuspectPolice have arrested a Tokyo U. worker alleged to be the developer of file-sharing system Winny…
Four Arrested For Operating Computer Software Piracy RingLos Angeles FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Ronald L. Iden, announced today the arrest of four individuals yesterday in the San Gabriel Valley on federal charges for trafficking in counterfeit Microsoft computer programs…
U.S. Charges Man In Camcorder-Piracy CrackdownA Missouri man is the first to be indicted under a new federal law that prohibits people from secretly videotaping movies when they are shown in theaters, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday…
12 Arrested Under Anti-Piracy Crackdown In USAUnited States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and assisted by the Chicago Police Department entered six retail stores in the W. Devon Avenue area of Chicago and seized approximately 97,000 DVD’s, audio cassettes, videocassettes and CD’s containing counterfeit and pirated copies of Indian films and music…
5 Arrested In Music PiracyPolice officers seized thousands of audiocassettes and arrested two men for violating anti piracy laws and three of their employees for conspiracy, the authorities said yesterday…
Four Arrested In Software Piracy CaseFour suspected software pirates were arrested by the FBI in Los Angeles on Thursday in connection with the seizure of counterfeit Microsoft software valued at $10.5 million. The arrests follow a 14 month FBI investigation…
Cyber-Cops Arrest Trio In Piracy CrackdownThe National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has arrested three people in the UK following raids around the globe by law enforcement agencies investigating internet-based piracy…
Piracy Racket Busted, 1 ArrestedNEW DELHI — Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a piracy racket with the arrest of a man and recovery of thousands of pirated VCDs, Inlay Cards and two VCD copiers from his go down…
Australians Arrested In Asian Piracy CrackdownPolice across Asia – including Australia – have arrested 277 people and seized 5.9 million illegal optical discs in a major Hollywood-backed crackdown on rampant movie piracy in the region, officials said today…
FBI Makes Arrest In Net Movie Piracy CaseLOS ANGELES — A man who allegedly used the Internet to distribute Oscar screener movies sent to him by a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been arrested in Illinois, authorities said…
Editors Of Oscar-Winning Film Arrested Over PiracyJOHANNESBURG, April 2(Xinhua)– Two people involved in post-production of South Africa’s Oscar-winning drama film Tsotsi have been arrested for producing and distributing pirate copies of the movie, a South African newspaper reported on Sunday…
‘Tsotsi’ Editors Arrested For PiracyTwo people involved in post-production of the Oscar winning ‘Tsotsi’ and Leon Schuster comedy ‘Mama Jack’, have been arrested for producing and distributing pirate copies of the movies, the Sunday Times reported…
Australia Shutters Music Piracy SiteAustralian police say they have closed down an Internet music piracy site and arrested three students in an alleged copyright scam that cost the music industry at least $37 million…
Four Arrested In Game Piracy StingFour people have been arrested in New York on suspicion of distributing video game consoles that include pirated Nintendo gaming software, the Japanese company says…
US Nationals Arrested For DVD PiracyTwo US nationals were arrested on July 1 as leading suspects in a pirated DVD trafficking ring, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said on Friday. The arrests were the result of a joint sting by Chinese and US law enforcement departments…
Spanish Police Swoop On Internet Pornography And PiracyPolice arrested 15 people suspected of involvement in piracy — mainly computer engineers and members of Internet service companies — in an operation the ministry described as “without precedent in Europe”…
Five Arrested For DVD PiracyFive people have been arrested in Leyton by the Met’s Film Piracy Unit after the discovery of what is believed to be the largest DVD piracy factory ever to be discovered in the UK…
Two Arrested Under Anti-Piracy Camcorder Law
Fraser Lovatt
16 Apr 2004One Mr Ruben Centero Moreno was caught taping “The Alamo” by a projectionist wearing night vision goggles (there – now you know who buys them), whilst Min Jae Joun was collared in a slightly more straight forward way: the record light on his camcorder attracted attention whilst attempting to pirate “The Passion of the Christ”…
Spanish Police Arrest 14 For Microsoft PiracySpanish police arrested 14 people on charges of intellectual piracy Thursday after discovering 3,000 forged copies of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP Professional Edition software along with forged certificates of authentication…
L.A. Police Arrest 4 On Piracy ChargesFernyB notes “Los Angeles police early Thursday arrested four men who allegedly produced 5,000 illegal copies of movies, making one of the city’s biggest crackdowns on piracy to date…
29 Arrested In Piracy OperationELSPA has announced the completion of the biggest crackdown on counterfeiters and benefit fraudsters ever seen in the UK. The operation was conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in conjunction with British record industry association the BPI, film industry anti-piracy body the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and ELSPA…
Zimbabwe: Chinhoyi Shop Owners Arrested For Music PiracyAT least 22 shop owners in Chinhoyi were arrested last week for selling pirated copies of local and international music compact discs…
FBI Makes Arrest In Oscar Screener PiracyLOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents said Thursday they have traced the bootlegging and illegal Internet distribution of films such as The Last Samurai to an Academy Award member, and arrested a second man in connection with the case…
International Software Piracy Ringleader Arrested With Assistance Of San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force Agents In Bangkok, ThailandThe United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force, announced that Maksym Kovalchuk, 25, of Ternopil, Ukraine, was arrested Tuesday evening in Bangkok, Thailand, on a criminal complaint filed in San Jose charging him with criminal copyright infringement in violation of trafficking in counterfeit goods…
Piracy Arrest At ‘Spider-Man 2’ Opening NightLOS ANGELES, California (AP) — A teenager was arrested early Wednesday in a California theater showing “Spider-Man 2” after a projectionist using night vision goggles saw him using a camcorder to make an illegal copy of the superhero sequel. The 16-year-old could be charged under a law that went into effect January 1 and makes taking a recording device into a movie theater a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500…
Eight Arrested Over Software PiracyEight people have been arrested in Britain as part of an international operation against internet piracy gangs…
Man Arrested On Movie Piracy ChargesA Georgia man was arrested at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport this week while delivering bootlegged copies of movies to Fort Smith. An airport employee found two boxes of DVD’s containing titles are currently only in movie theatre’s such as Coach Carter, Meet the Fockers and The Polar Express. It also contained other DVD’s and a lot of music CDs…
Quote: Jason Straziuso (Associated Press)“Greg Kullberg first started downloading free music off the Internet as a college freshman in 1996. He stopped — mostly — after the recording industry started filing lawsuits against file-sharers last year.”Right away when I heard about it I actually went home and uninstalled my software,” the 25-year-old Boston software consultant said. But like many users, he still downloads: “I’d say one song a week instead of before, it was maybe 20 a day.”

The music industry, which filed suit against 531 Internet users last week, says its tactics are slowing the tide of free downloads, citing cases like Kullberg’s.”