The ESA has just issued a press release on a major warez bust. Here are a few bits lifted from the statement:
"A Chicago federal grand jury last week indicted nineteen members of the international piracy warez group 'RISCISO' as a result of the federal law enforcement undercover investigation 'Operation Jolly Roger.' The ESA today lauded the work of the federal officials whose investigative and legal efforts produced the indictments of the nineteen warez group members for pirating games, software, and movies worth more than $6.5 million.
"We applaud the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago office of the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section for their extensive and continuing efforts to dismantle these online piracy rings that steal millions of dollars of intellectual property," said Ric Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Enforcement for the ESA... "Federal law enforcement's continued focus on - and success in - taking down these international warez groups sends a clear message to pirates everywhere that they will be targeted aggressively and are not beyond the law, even if they live outside the United States."
Operation Jolly Roger was the Chicago-based operation of a 2005 U.S. Department of Justice anti-piracy initiative, code-named 'Operation Site Down.' Federal agents targeted the warez release group 'RISCISO,' which in 1998 began distributing thousands of pirated games and other works worldwide through the Internet. The group maintained several servers that stored and distributed enough content to fill up 23,000 CD ROMS. Each of the defendants, ranging from 22 to 57 years of age, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, and fifteen were charged with a second count of copyright infringement. Seventeen of the defendants reside throughout the U.S., with the other two residing in Australia and Barbados, and many were employed in high-tech positions.