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19 Indicted in Software Piracy Case

Megan Reichgott (
Wed, 1 Feb 2006 13:30:33 -0600

By MEGAN REICHGOTT, Associated Press Writer

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the indictment of 19 people
accused of using the Internet to pirate more than $6.5 million in
copyrighted computer software, games and movies.

The 15-count indictment outlines an alleged plot by defendants across
the United States to illegally distribute newly released titles,
including movies like "The Incredibles" and "The Aviator," and games
like "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005."

The indictment, returned late Tuesday by a federal grand jury in
Chicago, followed undercover investigations in Chicago, Charlotte,
N.C., and San Jose, Calif., according to U.S. Attorney Patrick
Fitzgerald and the FBI.

"Online thieves who steal merchandise that companies work hard to
produce and protect might think that cyberspace cloaks them in
anonymity and makes them invulnerable to prosecution, but we have the
ability to infiltrate their secret networks and hold them accountable
for their criminal conduct," Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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