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Thread: Major Piracy Bust Against Top Providers

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    [news=]January 24, 2006
    By: Thomas Mennecke

    In the ongoing effort against movie piracy, top providers have become gleaming target. Largely responsible for introducing highly sought after material, top providers are a highly competitive entity that prioritize public recognition over associated risks. Earlier this morning, several top warez providers found themselves shut down at the hands of local police and the entertainment industry.

    At approximately 10 AM, local police in a wide spread coordinated effort raided over 300 homes and offices associated with top warez providers. The raids took place in Germany, Austria, Holland, Poland and the Czech Republic. According to GVU (translated to German Federation Against Copyright Theft), over 30 individuals were arrested in the raids.

    The raids also yielded over 20 servers, which provided FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access to individuals belonging to the release groups. GVU claims the warez groups were responsible for the proliferation "of illegal copies of films, computer games, music and user software." The enforcement raids were the culmination of the GVU's investigative efforts, with legal follow-through provided by the prosecutor's offices in Duesseldorf and Frankfurt.

    Rumors of the bust began circulating online today, as members attempted to warn each other. According to warning notices online, the following top providers have, for all intents and purposes, been eliminated; RELOADED, KNIGHTS, TFCiSO, Cinemaniacs, German-Friend, ParadieseBeach and Klapsmuehle. In addition, the leader of RELOADED was reported as arrested during the raids. The GVU confirmed the following release groups were eliminated; Unreality, DRAGON, Laboratory, Heaven, code talk, GTR, ECP, TRCD, AOS, MRM, SITH, GWL, Cine VCD, AHE, Cinemaniacs.

    The pursuit of top providers is a primary concern to the entertainment industry, as the proliferation of pirated material often begins with these organizations. From these FTP sources, pirated material (especially movies) trickle down to the Newsgroups, IRC, BitTorrent and finally P2P networks. Initially, these raids may place a damper on spread of pirated material, however the allure of public recognition is simply too great for many to avoid. With time, their role in the online warez community will most likely be replaced.

    Last edited by tesco; 01-24-2006 at 09:53 PM.

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    Damnatory's Avatar OTL BT Rep: +6BT Rep +6
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    Damnit, they got Reloaded!

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    I use to chat with the guys from Heaven all the time, shame to see them busted, same with RELOADED. However there is always another group. Hopefully these groups can get out of any legal problems the same way as all the others have (entrapment).

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    It's a shame that this seems happening more often. Hope none of the groups are hit too hard (Reloaded seem pretty good at game releases).
    Last edited by SeK612; 01-24-2006 at 07:00 PM.

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    theyll be back.
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    maebach's Avatar Team FST Captain
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    I hope so.

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    Reloaded was awesome! Man, that sucks...

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    RELOADED was one of the best groups for cracking games. That really sucks....

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    Busyman's Avatar Use Logic Or STFU!!!
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    I hope they get out of it too.

    However, they were stealing and that's the risk they take.

    We have some local pirates around here.

    I think one of the main differences is that they don't look for recognition.
    They are actually making money.

    I remember some folks on here telling me that if no one of the recognized groups had a movie (pre-release) that it didn't exist.

    "If it's not on google, it just ain't real."
    Silly bitch, your weapons cannot harm me. Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Bitchhhh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busyman
    I remember some folks on here telling me that if no one of the recognized groups had a movie (pre-release) that it didn't exist.

    "If it's not on google, it just ain't real."
    I think you or they are just getting confused with the differences between a scene release and a non-scene release.

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