A member of the game release group Razor1911 has been sentanced to 18 months jail.
Also Fairlight know for it's great releases has quit the scene.
Warez leader gets 18 months
JUNE 09, 2003
AN ALLEGED leader of an online software piracy group known as Razor1911 has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiracy to violate copyright laws.
The US Justice Department said in a statement that Shane Pitman, 31, North Carolina, was sentenced by US federal Judge James Cacheris in Alexandria, Virginia.
Pitman, known by his screen nickname "Pitbull," was a leader of the underground internet piracy community or "warez scene" and was accused of piracy of computer and console game software.
"The group prided itself on cracking and illegally distributing the most popular software games, usually before their public release date, including such games as Quake, Red Alert, Terminal Velocity, and Warcraft II and III," the Justice Department said.
"Shane Pitman's conviction and sentence should send a strong message to organised internet gangs like Razor1911 that stealing and illegally distributing game software online is not a game," said US Attorney Paul McNulty.
"If other software pirates still entertain the false belief that the internet offers anonymity for this type of copyright infringement, they do so at their own peril."
Pitman was among more than 40 individuals targeted worldwide by Operation Buccaneer, a 14-month undercover investigation by a variety of law enforcement agencies. Other groups targeted were known as DrinkOrDie, RiSC, RiSCISO, Request To Send (RTS), ShadowRealm (SRM), We Love Warez (WLW), and POPZ.
The statement said Pitman is the 22nd person convicted to date on felony copyright infringement charges as a result of Operation Buccaneer
It has been a good few years, but it is now time for Fairlight to close its
doors for good. Many reasons have made us come to this judgement but we feel it
is for the best. The scene is getting to be a dangerous place. Not only do we
have to fear from the feds but also the unhonorable ones in the scene who lower
themselves to narq the competition. Retiring on top seems to be the best
decision for us. We want to thank all those throughout the years who have helped
us in one way or another.