News Story by Grant Gross
April 27, 2006
Five U.S. residents face criminal copyright charges for their alleged participation in the online "warez" file-trading community, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.
The charges come out of an ongoing DOJ crackdown against international online piracy groups that distribute copyrighted movies, software, games and music on the Internet. The five defendants are alleged to be leading members of the "warez scene," groups of Internet users who illegally distribute copyrighted materials online.
Warez groups, using servers worldwide, are often the first distributors of copyrighted works online, before the works filter down to peer-to-peer and other public networks, the DOJ said.
Kevin Fuchs, 25, of West Amherst, N.Y., and Cuong Quoc Trang, 35, of Parker, Colo., were charged in an indictment with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and copyright infringement, the DOJ said.