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Thread: Game Pirate Gets Four Years Jail Time

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    Federal judge hands out a 50-month prison term, near-$700,000 fine to infamous "warez" merchant.

    Crime sure didn't pay for Sean Michael Breen. In an Oakland court on Tuesday, the Richmond, California resident was sentenced to 50 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong. His offense? Selling and illegally distributing nearly half a million dollars' worth of cracked console and PC games over the past decade.


    Breen's sentence follows his guilty plea and subsequent conviction last July on two counts of copyright infringement and on three counts of mail fraud. As has been widely reported, the charges stemmed from Breen's multiyear tenure as the self-styled leader of Razor1911, an infamous group of game hackers responsible for an elaborate black-market "warez" operation. He is the latest and last Razor1911 member to be sentenced--last June, a North Carolina-based member received an 18-month jail term on related charges.


    According to court documents, Breen and other Razor1911 members acquired, cracked, and sold advance copies of Quake, Command & Conquer Red Alert, Terminal Velocity, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and many other games.
    They acquired advance copies of said titles by posing as reviewers for fictitious game magazines and having them shipped to a derelict storefront address in Oakland. Breen and his associates would then illegally distribute their games via pirated-software sites and often sell physical copies. Their unconcealed efforts garnered the attention of the U.S. Customs Service, which arrested Breen and 40 other individuals after an extensive undercover operation known as "Operation Buccaneer."


    Razor1911 members also posed as customers of Cisco Systems in order to place massive hardware orders they never paid for. This tactic came back to haunt Breen today, when Judge Armstrong ordered him to pay $690,236.91 in restitution to Cisco--more than the value of the software he was accused of distributing.
    Breen begins his sentence on March 26. Barring parole, he will be released in May 2008, when he will have to serve a further three years probation. He will also have to finish reimbursing Cisco, which will likely take much longer.


    Soucr: IrcSpy.com

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    Serves the Bastard right.Did he put any work into these Games?Hell no he did not.So why should he make Money from them?

    Sorry.Just hate these guys that make Money off either Music or Games they Download or trade for, ETC.

    Put them all in Jail.I know alot of guys on this Forum does this also.The same goes for them...no matter who they are.

    Get a real job and sale some Drugs!Damn Pirates!


    FC

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    r u on crack or somethin'?

    pipe down

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    To be honest FC, you yourself have probably d/l and used one of their cracked pieces of software. I definately have. As for the selling, how do we know the money gained wasn't used in securing other copies of software to be cracked. If it wasn't up to many people like this, the majority of us wouldn't have the benefit of keygens, cracks and legit iso files.

    Give the guys a break, they obviously did what they had to do, and got caught. I just hope they can make a keygen that opens the prison gates

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    The cracking groups (like Razor1911) are usually not for profit.
    On a given day or given circumstance, you think you have a limit.
    And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit and you think "Ok, this is the limit".
    As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further.
    With your mind power, your determination, your instinct and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

    - Ayrton Senna, R.I.P.

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    well u do the crime u do the time

    i feel sorry for the harsh sentence......

    but it does send out a strong message to all the game pirates...

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    Razor1911 wasn't for profit, was it?

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    Originally posted by Razor1911 NFO
              /\
                            Razor 1911  /__\  Since 1985
                                        /\  /\
                                      /__\/__\

                  SUPPORT THE COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE QUALITY SOFTWARE!
        IF YOU ENJOYED THIS PRODUCT, BUY IT!  SOFTWARE AUTHORS DESERVE SUPPORT!!

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    where does it say it wasnt for profit

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    this sucks. razor1911 made some really good rips too.

    you'll be remembered in our hearts.

    sigh

    and yea, the guy that got jailed was being evil. selling pirated stuff. tsk tsk. but still, i don't think razor 1911 was profiting from this. how could they? who would be paying them?

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