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11-Nation Raid on Net Pirates

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-children dept.

The Internet 487

Cobb writes "The US Justice Department announce a global crack-down on large scale internet pirates distributing first run movies. According to the article: "FBI agents and investigators in the other nations conducted 90 searches starting Wednesday, arresting four people and shutting down at least eight major online distribution servers for pirated works, a Justice official said. Authorities also seized hundreds of computers in raids in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.""

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That explains it... (5, Interesting)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952605)


Authorities also seized hundreds of computers in raids in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Hmm....mabye that's why I haven't been able to telnet into my server at home all day... ^_^

Seriously, though, Sweeden is conspicuously absent from the 11-nation 'coalition of the willing' listed above, which means that The Pirate Bay [thepiratebay.org] will be staying up, at least... =P

Re:That explains it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952631)

Arrrrrr...

Re:That explains it... (3, Informative)

Emetophobe (878584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952649)

Similarly, http://www.torrentspy.com/ [torrentspy.com] and http://www.isohunt.com/ [isohunt.com] are still operational. Not sure what countries those two sites are hosted from though.

Re:That explains it... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952668)

Don't forget PacketNews [packetnews.com] .

Re:That explains it... (1, Troll)

Nosf3ratu (702029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952705)

It's registered anonymously [godaddy.com] through some DomainsByProxy organization, via GoDaddy.com [godaddy.com]

Can it be found out who registered it? Can they be shut down at all?

Re:That explains it... (5, Insightful)

PDXNerd (654900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952672)

Perhaps Sweden had better things to do with their police force, like arrest murderes, rapists, and real criminals. Not to say Movie Piracy is legal (morals aside), but the amount of manpower and resources this takes is absolutely ludicrous for the overall payoff.

It would be interesting to see how much money this saved the movie industry - errr, I mean cost the rest of us (i.e. taxpayers) to fund this joint venture.

Re:That explains it... (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952722)

It would be interesting to see how much money this saved the movie industry - errr, I mean cost the rest of us (i.e. taxpayers) to fund this joint venture.

Exactly. I'm so glad that we got to foot the bill for this ridiculous little witch hunt.

I wonder how difficult it would be to learn Sweedish, anyway...although I believe that they speak English in Sealand. [sealandgov.com]

Re:That explains it... (4, Interesting)

GutBomb (541585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952826)

swedish is not that hard to learn (take it from me, an american that lived there for 2 years and learned the language sometime during the first), and sweden is also the land of 100mbit internet connections for around $40 a month :D

there is a antipiratbyran (anti-pirate beaurau) but there have been scandals involved with them, such as planting pirated software on corporate computers in order to get themselves in the news.

New laws are being considered there that would help crack down on sites like the pirate bay, but they are not there yet.

Re:That explains it... (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952841)

A cynical mind might say that the agencies involved have been quite unlucky at producing results for more ... typical investigations. Solution so they don't look bad? Go after easier targets, and produce evidence that they are worth what we pay them.

After all, busting a piracy ring sounds a great deal like the good ol' haydays of busting up crime syndicates like Al Capone's, or the Gambino family.

But that's what a cynical mind would say ...

Re:That explains it... (5, Insightful)

computational super (740265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952741)

You know, it's interesting how the punishment relates to the crime... every time I watch a DVD, it reminds me that the penalty for the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted works, including those not for commercial gain, are investigated by the FBI and punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. IIRC, that's the same penalty you get for the distribution of CP. Seems like our priorities are screwed up somewhere (one way or the other).

Re:That explains it... (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952785)

what's cp?

Re:That explains it... (3, Insightful)

epicstruggle (311178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952783)

"It would be interesting to see how much money this saved the movie industry - errr, I mean cost the rest of us (i.e. taxpayers) to fund this joint venture."

Thats an interesting question, but your only looking at what it cost for the operations. It would be fair to hypothetically calculate the lost revenue the govermnent lost through taxation of legal sales.

What i mean is that you pirate a game, no one really makes any money.
If say 10% of those who pirate, actually went out and bought legal copies (went to theaters, ...) then the govermnent would get their share in taxes.

Really? (1)

paranode (671698) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952848)

If you know where some murderers and rapists are hiding in mass numbers I'm sure the police would be interested to know. Last I heard they didn't hang out on websites advertising their activities to the world, hoping nobody would ever have the balls to cross a border to get them.

Perhaps Sweden isn't a big player in the global entertainment industry and that's why they don't really care. Nah, you're probably right, it's because the government is ignoring murderers and rapists. The police just aren't thinking of the children.

Re:That explains it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952708)

Silly DOJ, thinking they can stop warez and close down all internet warez when they can't even get their terminology right.. 'elite sites' ? what is this, 1997 ?

and their silly 'this sites allow people access to stuff within hours of their release' .. You'd think they'd be more honest and say 'seconds' or 'minutes' to illustrate how quick it is. hours is _ages_.

I think the DOJ fails to completely recognize that the release groups are alienated from the dcc rooms, the spammers, the pubsites, etc. IMO they're too busy trying to expose the 'syndicate' and make a reasonably unorganized system into something of mafia like proportions.

I seriously find it funny that after 4 years of busting sites and groups (starting with buccaneer), they're still clueless.

Re:That explains it... (1)

Fredrik Leijon (609309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952716)

the raids targeted 'the scene' not bittorrent or any other filesharing application/network/protocoll

Why we troll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952606)

Why do I troll? It's rather simple. Every mod point that you idiots waste on my meaningless troll posts is one less mod point that you can use to mod down a post that actually defends Microsoft. One less mod point you can use to mod up yet another mindless anti-Bush post. So keep wasting your mod points on myself and other trolls. You are playing right into our hands. :)

By the way, I can usually make about 10 troll posts in a short period of time before my subnet is banned. After that... well, of course there are ways around the ban, you stupid little slashdot fuckers!

Now mod this down, like a good little sheep! ;)

Re:Why we troll (-1, Troll)

essreenim (647659) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952695)

I'm so wonely I'm so lronely...... SO lwronely

: )

Come on now. You like all of us are angry at how /. editors are now a team of team gang raping green lizards, aren't you?

Gee, no China? (5, Funny)

bensafrickingenius (828123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952610)

I just can't believe our friends in the Chinese government didn't want to get in on this crackdown...

Re:Gee, no China? (0, Flamebait)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952655)

Coalition: We're raiding all the pirates in our country want to join in?

China: Nah, The governers would be pissed if I shut down their side business...

China actually supports freedom of speech (0, Flamebait)

Adolph_Hitler (713286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952675)

at least if its digital speech in the form of a music CD or a DVD movie from America. You can forget about accessing that same information on the internet.

So while you can watch movies about how America pretends to be, you can't really see how America actually is, its funny but if China actually did access the American internet and they saw the last set of elections we just had, what would they think of Democracy?

And no Sweden. Pirate Bay still all good. (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952679)

At least until the new Swedish law goes into effect tomorrow.

Re:Gee, no China? (0, Flamebait)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952773)

Because even at the 90 raids-to-4 arrests ratio, when you multiply that by a few billion, you get a really big number, and they just don't have enough prison space.

Sweet. (1, Offtopic)

Nosf3ratu (702029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952619)

Good thing I only pirate pr0n.

Re:Sweet. (-1, Offtopic)

Marc2k (221814) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952818)

I love how this was modded informative at some point. Because I really was dying to know.

Re:Sweet. (1)

Nosf3ratu (702029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952838)

It's just someone being nice.

Rating it as funny doesn't help karma, so they use informative.

Fuck (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952620)

This is bad, bad news.

Coordination of Efforts (5, Funny)

Deinhard (644412) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952622)

This is not meant to be a flame, but...

If the US Justice Department can coordinate such an effort among 11 different nations and justice systems, why can't we find Osama Bin Laden?

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952663)

We know where Osama is. We just need Pakistan to let us go in and get him.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (3, Insightful)

derEikopf (624124) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952666)

Because Osama Bin Laden won't bring them money.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952671)

Well duh, because he isn't trading movies, music or warez online.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952674)

Because he lives in a cave in a section of Afganistan controlled by hill people and ex-government-previously-hippy-student-revolutiona ries. And he doesn't post his IP for everyone to see.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

Alex P Keaton in da (882660) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952680)

I do think this will be a nail in the coffin of swapping trademarked works... I think people are more worried about the FBI kicking in your door than the RIAA sending a letter.
But keep in mind, distributing it beofre it is out is eveidence of another crime, i.e. stealing the work in the form of a proof or whatever from the studio... a bit different from buying it and then sharing....
And re: your post- My guess is they know where Bin Laden is, but he is in a country we can't get him (e.g. China or Saudi Arabia)for a plethora of reasons.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

bheer (633842) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952696)

Because OBL isn't in Europe? Given that the South Asian grapevine is that he's being treated in Pakistan, it would help if the Pakistani government had more control over their own territories so they could help more.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

Tweak232 (880912) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952698)

In that case, Who ever said that they were ever going to find the pirates?

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

ERJ (600451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952700)

Because Pakistan, China, Iran, etc. are not in that list?

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952703)

There's a catch, if we catch him, then we've got a LOT of people who want to try and save his sorry ass; so they try to kill a lot of Americans, or at that, any other people, or anyone they don't like.
If we kill him, he's a maryter(sp?), he goes up as a people's hero; etc...

If we just forget about him, he dies, and no one cares; it's a catch-22, we don't get our photo shoot, but they (the terrorists), get nothing.

$

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0, Flamebait)

Ph33r th3 g(O)at (592622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952730)

Precisely. I kind of hope they're holding him in secret right now and torturing him, but keeping him quite alive.

They did find Osama! (0, Offtopic)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952710)

It's true! they found osama here. [imdb.com]

Osama was just a movie all along! We're safe now!

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0, Offtopic)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952717)

I heard he's on Freenet

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

Clockwurk (577966) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952719)

Because warez groups don't generally move around or live in remote areas.

ON a side note, anyone know which, if any, release groups(like Fairlight or Class) were netted?

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952779)

From TFA:

Among the warez groups targeted are RiSCISO, Myth, TDA, LND, Goodfellaz, Hoodlum, Vengeance, Centropy, Wasted Time, Paranoid, Corrupt, Gamerz, AdmitONE, Hellbound, KGS, BBX, KHG, NOX, NFR, CDZ, TUN and BHP.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0, Offtopic)

epicstruggle (311178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952721)

Because OBL is most likely hiding in the northern tribal region of pakistan. This region is fundieville. Musharaf would have a major problem allowing americans to go in and raid there. So the US/cia has a tough choice of looking for him and pissing local fundies or letting him stay quarantined and keeping musharaf in power.

for a good read on the subject:
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jun /28/op/op05p.html [honoluluadvertiser.com]

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952727)

Well the moment Osama starts posting torrents of pirated copies of Batman Begins, his goose is cooked.

www.jihadtorrents.com

New Tshirt for sale! (5, Funny)

gosand (234100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952731)

If the US Justice Department can coordinate such an effort among 11 different nations and justice systems, why can't we find Osama Bin Laden?

Makes me want make the Tshirt:

Osama Bin Laden is pirating music
NOW will you go catch the fucker?

Re:New Tshirt for sale! (0, Offtopic)

Elminst (53259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952794)

I'd buy one.

(fillerfillerfillerfillerfillerfiller)

Did you see Crapistan in that list? (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952740)

I'm sure if OBL regularly seeded jihad material it would be much easier to find him.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952742)

Because Osama doesn't use Microsoft products?

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1, Offtopic)

Isldeur (125133) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952752)


If the US Justice Department can coordinate such an effort among 11 different nations and justice systems, why can't we find Osama Bin Laden?

Probably because he doesn't download movies. He just goes to the theater in Detroit.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

twifosp (532320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952758)

Because Osama doesn't isn't a media mogul with an empire of politicians begging for "contributions". Didn't you get the memo? "Infringing on copyrights" is a more henious crime than "stabbing someone in the spinal cord with an ice pick".

I wonder if we added: "Pirated 200 terrabytes of music and movies from the MPAA and RIAA" next to "Orchestrated and funded a terrorist entity responsible for thousands of murders globally", if we'd catch him any faster.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (5, Informative)

00squirrel (772984) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952766)

If the US Justice Department can coordinate such an effort among 11 different nations and justice systems, why can't we find Osama Bin Laden?

Bin Laden didn't pirate Star Wars did he? What do you think the Department of Homeland Security is supposed to be doing? They can't be bothered with people like Bin Laden when the real threat is people downloading MP3's. [cnn.com] Read down the article for DHS involvement info.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952777)

Not only that, but they're going after people who share movies on the Internet. They use the business term distributor and try to make it sound like a money-making operation (a la street sales of pirated product), but that's not what is going on here. This is person to person sharing in its purest form. Most of these so-called first run movies wouldn't even be out there if the movie studios hadn't chosen to release them to the P-2-P networks in order to accelerate their own sales. See, for instance, the "work print" copy of Star Wars:ROTS. I wonder what Grateful Dead would have done if the Feds went after their fans?

P.S. - George Bush really needs to explain the Downing Street Minutes... an ineffectual President too busy trying to avenge his daddy and achieve "war president" status through the next election that he fails utterly to capture the person responsible for the attacks against America... a failure.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (1)

jZnat (793348) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952822)

First we need a **AA corporation that is hellbent on taking down Osama and/or all terrorists.

Re:Coordination of Efforts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952832)

Because OBL is Saudi and he is in protected hiding in Saudi Arabia.

Just pirate bad movies (3, Funny)

Trigun (685027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952627)

Pirate the ones that the MPAA are unwilling to admit to making, and you're safe!

Nobody ever got arrested for pirating 'Gigli'

Re:Just pirate bad movies (1)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952693)

Am I the only person here who saw the part "11 Nation raid" and thought "What the hell is RAID 11?" (mirroring with mirroring?)

Re:Just pirate bad movies (3, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952697)

If I was a Pirate I'd definitely want to make off with Jennifer Lopez's booty.

Yarrrrrrrr

Not the first post! Woo hoo! (4, Insightful)

cshark (673578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952629)

I still don't see why they don't go after the real pirates, who make and distribute these things commercially, and mostly in foreign countries. Seems to me that the non net pirates are probably a bigger threat. But they wouldn't need an international crack down force to find them (just walk through manhatten sometime), so I imagine they have to spend money on something. A shame.

Re:Not the first post! Woo hoo! (3, Insightful)

Vodak (119225) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952751)

The reason they go after the online community is simple. The current beleif is that everyone eho downloads a movie, mp3, or game is a direct sales deduction for the bottom line.

Using that structure of thought.. in the grand scheme of things. The guys on the corenr selling these copies are little fish in the big internet pond. Hell, you might even stop a couple of them pirates too since alot of these guys are just downloading them from the interweb as well.

Big scale pirates? Well China is our(US) allie right.

Re:Not the first post! Woo hoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952757)

And where do you think the non-net pirates get their illegal releases? Probably for free from these release groups, although I'm sure they have a few of their own insiders too, since they pay for such things.

Getting the people by walking through Manhattan won't do you any good, just like busting the drug dealer on the street corner won't do you any good. Someone else will just take their place next week.

Canada!? (1)

MistabewM (17044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952632)

I thought there were no copywrong laws in canada.

Re:Canada!? (2, Insightful)

golden_spray (834865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952810)

Canada has normal copyright laws. It lacks abnormal copyright laws like the DMCA. For now at last. Just say no to C-60 [michaelgeist.ca]

Re:Canada!? (2, Informative)

Nos. (179609) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952829)

No, we have a levy we pay on blank media. This levy is charged to consumers and supposedly distributed to artists. The idea is, we're downloading music, burning it to CDs. We pay a tax on the CDs and the artists collect that tax, everyone is happy. However, that levy is only for music. Its not for movies or other forms of media.

Good. (0, Redundant)

MSFanBoi (695480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952633)

Software piracy is illegal. Software piracy is theft. Enjoy your fines and jail.

Re:Good. (1)

emidln (806452) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952790)

Dear Mr. Sheep^W^H^H^HSFanBoi,

Software piracy is copyright infringement and possibly a crime in your part of the world. It isn't theft unless something physical is involved. So unless these guys are boarding ships in international waters and looting the said ships for DVDs and CDs, it isn't really piracy or theft.

Thanks,

your local diction nazi.

Pirates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952634)

The article doesn't mention anything about any of these sites making money selling unlicensed copies of movies. So how exactly are they "Pirates"?

And while they do this, Bin Laden escapes. (0, Flamebait)

Adolph_Hitler (713286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952637)

But hey, we have to protect the vital record industry from the cyber pirates er terrorists or whatever we call those people.

Welcome to Germany.

Wrong category (1)

pmike_bauer (763028) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952646)

Shouldn't this store be filed under "Your rights online"?

Well... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952651)

this whole thing would have happened earlier, but the FBI had to figure out how to say "Avast you scallawags" and "Aaaar!" in 11 different languages.

11 nations, 90 raids (5, Insightful)

Haenk (773712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952653)

and only 4 people arrested? Man, industry seems to be able to buy a lot of "justice" nowadays...

Re:11 nations, 90 raids (5, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952711)

Either that, or the people pirating watched a lot of action movies that featured REALLY good escapes...

Re:11 nations, 90 raids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952729)

I'm more interested in RAID 1...

More rumors... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952664)

More rumors on http://www.scene-busts.org/index2.html [scene-busts.org]

A good thing (2, Interesting)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952677)

I realize that most of the /. crows has an anti **AA stance and to a certain extent I do as well. However, it is people like this who cause the damages cited by the **AA types, which in turn lead to the heavy handed **AA policies. It is nice to see those most responsible for the problem caught. Good riddance.

Sheesh.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952678)

is the MPAA looking for a new revenue stream?

We should just hire them out to hunt for terrorists.

Terrorist 1: The US army's headed this way.
Terrorist 2: Let's get ready to ambush them.

Terrorist 1: The MPAA right's behind them.
Terrorist 2: Retreat!

Maybe the MPAA listened... (5, Interesting)

slapout (93640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952681)

...to Wil Wheaton:

"I'm no expert, but it seems like the MPAA would get a much bigger return on their investment if they stopped going after college students and went after the factories that turn out legitimate movies by day, and switch over to pirated material at night."

--From the Wil Wheaton Slashdot interview
http://interviews.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/0 6/27/0926218/ [slashdot.org]

Re:Maybe the MPAA listened... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952744)

What Will doesn't know is all the big factories already pay protection money to the **AA. So the **AA will not go after the CD/DVD pressing plants.

Re:Maybe the MPAA listened... (1)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952835)

I've always wondered this as well, but realised that the RIAA/MPAA is smart enough to look the other direction. I figure these asian or 3rd world manufacturing companies pay their slave wages at $0.10/hr or something crazy like that. Their operating costs are increadibly low even if you include writting off all resultant losses due to piracy.

So just remember kids....piracy is VERY BAD, but not as bad as paying someone minimum wage in Iowa to manufacture CDs and DVDs domestically.

Re:Maybe the MPAA listened... (2, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952847)

Yes, I can just see the meeting between the 11 nations' head of police:

US copper: Sirs, we have been reading this Slashdot site, where Wil Wheaton (no no, stop cursing, he's not *really* like Wesley Crusher) has given us great insight. Want to hear what it is?
Germany: Ach, ya, I vant to know vat Vil Vheaton said.
France: Oui Oui, let'z ear it!
US: Well then, he said we should go after the source of pirated stuff, and not the downloaders. Isn't that very insightful?
UK: Bloody hell yes, let's go get the buggers!
Canada: Yeah, aboot time we cracked down on 'em hey.
Denmark: Dårn right, let's gø!
US: So all for Wil's plan?
All: Yeah/Oui/Ja/...!!


In short, I'm quite sure the *AAs had the idea too, and they have been working on it for a long time to get 11 countries to pull this off. No need for Wil's input there I think.

Operation Site Down (1)

Fredrik Leijon (609309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952685)

couldn't they atleast think of a cool name?

Re:Operation Site Down (2, Funny)

tktk (540564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952776)

( All(TM) cool(TM) cames(TM) have(TM) been(TM) trademarked(TM) )(TM)

So which sites got hit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952704)

Reply below and list.. this way ppl don't waste time trying to re-connect.

11-Nation RAID? (5, Funny)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952709)

Wow, an 11 nation RAID [wikipedia.org] ? Now that is redundancy!

Re:11-Nation RAID? (0, Flamebait)

Rudeboy777 (214749) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952778)

Wow, an 11 nation RAID? Now that is redundancy!

You're referring to the content of your comment, right?

Re:11-Nation RAID? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952844)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those!

Ah yes... (0, Troll)

Vonotar82 (859920) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952720)

I look at this story, and the first thing that comes to mind is: VCR's. I seem to remember that there was a similar uproar about VCR's being able to record way back when. Isn't this the same thing? Of course, we all remember when the government recalled all the VCR's and watched everyone like a hawk to make sure you didn't have a pirated episode of Doogie Howser or Night Court in your home. Face it, Hollywood...you may have the money to buy some Federal aid, but ANYTHING put out on the Net or on the Air becomes public domain, one way or another......Besides, how else is little Hadji going to go to college????

this rocks my grogosphere (1)

paulsgre (890463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952723)

Shit. My desktop at home still has monkey island installed... Guybrush Threepwood may only be a wannabe software pirate, but better safe than sorry.

Funny. (1)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952737)

Not that I have any particular sympathy for them, but you'd think these people would learn. This is the same kind of thing we've seen for the past decade with international raids against groups like DoD.

And I don't mean "learn" as in, stop pirating. But there is software out there that would make them more or less invulnerable to this sort of sting operation. Duh.

Oh no! (0, Troll)

ChrisF79 (829953) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952748)

If the feds keep taking all of the shady sites down, where in the world will we get the next Paris Hilton sex tape?

On a more serious note though, I know they keep going after the distributors but why not start going after the downloaders in big swoops as well? The media would surely hype that up and I think a lot of the casual downloaders would think twice if they knew their IP were being logged. Just my $0.02.

Great! Now the world is a better place... (4, Insightful)

presarioD (771260) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952749)

... for the corporations to arbitrate and exploit (legally) with the backup of politicians and law enforcement agencies.

I knew it that my crazy uncle was right when he said that:

police is there to protect the rich from the poor. Nothing else.

Don't worry uncle I have faith in the system. For each pirate server they shut down, three more will spring out.



On other news today: Software piracy in its last throes. Exclusive interview with Joe Sixpack Pirate. Administrator officials have been regularly holding meetings with pirates...

And (1)

strike2867 (658030) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952750)

for(int i=0;inumOfLazyPeople;i++) {
if (person(i).hasSenseOfHumor())
post="Crap my network down";
else
post="They didn't deserve it and DOD had better things to do";
}

Perhaps I just don't get it, but... (2, Insightful)

fdrake76 (696983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952755)

Movies have been downloadable for years now, so why suddenly have the feds gone apeshit over Episode 3??

And from TFA:

Those groups are believed responsible for stealing and distributing copyrighted works including films "Star War Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,"...

It's not like these warez groups broke into George's office and stole his film reel.. why don't they focus on the person that leaked it from Lucasfilm in the first place?

Don't see any effect (5, Interesting)

JohanV (536228) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952760)

When they raided last year in Operation Fastlink [slashdot.org] I saw some significant [tudelft.nl] changes [tudelft.nl] in traffic patterns. This time, I am not seeing anything.

Have to... (5, Funny)

mogrify (828588) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952772)

I'm gonna fight 'em all
Eleven-nation army couldn't hold me back
I'm gonna rip it off
Taking their films right behind their back ...
And if I catch 'em coming back my way
I'm gonna serve 'em to you
And that aint what they want to hear
But thats what I'll do ...

anonymous encrypted filesharing (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952793)

I wonder how many constitutional rights were violated by the US Justice Department and those various "authorities"...

It's time for anonymous encrypted filesharing and software like Freenet: http://freenet.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]
Enjoy!

FEDS prefer soft targets (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12952806)

like students who can't fight back with huge money lawyer.

Better to leave alone corporate criminals, drug cartels who hide behind political connections and big money lawyers.

In other news 78 people needlessly raided (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952808)

FBI agents and investigators in the other nations conducted 90 searches starting Wednesday, arresting four people and shutting down at least eight major online distribution servers for pirated works

In other news, 78 people are shaken up from being raided over something as stupid as filesharing.

The FBI, brought to you by the RIAA

The Article (4, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952816)

The Associated Press Updated: 3:16 p.m. ET June 30, 2005

WASHINGTON - The government announced an 11-nation crackdown Thursday on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest Star Wars film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

FBI agents and investigators in the other nations conducted 90 searches starting Wednesday, arresting four people, seizing hundreds of computers and shutting down at least eight major online distribution servers for pirated works.

The Justice Department "is striking at the top of the copyright piracy supply chain -- a distribution chain that provides the vast majority of illegal digital content now available online," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said.

Called Operation Site Down, the crackdown involved undercover FBI operations run out of Chicago, San Francisco and Charlotte, N.C., and involved help from authorities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Among those arrested was Chirayu Patel of Fremont, Calif., on charges of violating federal copyright protection laws. Patel is alleged to be a member of a "warez" group, a kind of underground Internet co-op that is set up to trade in copyrighted materials.

Warez (pronounced "wares") groups are extraordinarily difficult to infiltrate because users talk only in encrypted chat rooms, their computer servers require passwords and many are located overseas, the FBI has said.

The investigations targeted "release groups" that are the original sources of pirated works that can be distributed worldwide in hours. Among the warez groups targeted are RiSCISO, Myth, TDA, LND, Goodfellaz, Hoodlum, Vengeance, Centropy, Wasted Time, Paranoid, Corrupt, Gamerz, AdmitONE, Hellbound, KGS, BBX, KHG, NOX, NFR, CDZ, TUN and BHP.

Those groups are believed responsible for stealing and distributing copyrighted works including films "Star War Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," and Autodesk's Autocad 2006 and Adobe's Photoshop software.

Warez groups differ from popular file-swapping networks, where millions of files are shared without precautions to limit access.

Last month, authorities shut down a popular Web site that facilitated the downloading of movies and other materials. Investigators said many of the copyright movies were available through the Elite Torrents site even before their commercial release. No arrests were announced at the time.

President Bush signed a new law last month setting tough penalties of up to 10 years in prison for anyone caught distributing a movie or song before its commercial release.

Though I'm not up-to-date on my "warez" kn0wl3dge
Myth and Centropy are old skool and HUGE.

as of 5/31 "Rumors have it that Centropy is going INTERNAL on all future releases"
Looks like too little, too late.

Yet, they leave China alone (1)

Electric Eye (5518) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952831)

I love how the FBI is wasting our money doing this shit. I know, financially, a few people are hurting b/c of piracy. But, I can think of a few better things for the feds to target right now. But I guess all the pedophiles in Florida or extremists in Indonesia aren't deserving of the FBI's time anymore. Let's target some geeks.

Ooh, that'll teach those nasty movie pirates! (1)

gmknobl (669948) | more than 9 years ago | (#12952846)

Ahuh, yeah, you betchya.

And all that 10s of dollars that they make off the stolen movies will now go directly the the MPAA, and of course, the actual people who made the movie.

Ahuh, yeah, you betchya.

(This post has been exagerated for your protection.)
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