DOJ indict the first eight from Operations FastLink and Site Down

According to the DoJ, the busts netted more than $100 million worth of illegally copied materials. Charged with criminal copyright infringement Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., were David Lee Pruett, 34, of Auburn, Wash.; Alexander C. Von Eremeef, 30, of Belmont, Mass.; George C. Stoutenburgh, 48, of Bennet, Colo.; and Jerry M. Melvin, Jr., 24, of Roanoke, Va. Charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement were David Chen Pui, 26, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Shawn W. Laemmrich, 30, of Calumet, Mich.; Scott John Walls, 45, of Spokane, Wash.; and Franklin Edward Littell, 48, of Martinsville, Ind.

All were affiliated with organized warez groups that acted as first providers of copyrighted works to the Internet. In many cases, these release groups are the original source pirated works that eventually spread across the Internet.,


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  1. DOJ’s Official Press Release
    The official press release from the DOJ can be found here [a][/a]
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting Assistant Attorney General John C. Richter of the Criminal Division; Gretchen C. F. Shappert, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina; and Robert F. Clifford, FBI Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Charlotte Division, today announced that eight individuals were charged with criminal copyright infringement in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of an ongoing federal crackdown against the organized piracy groups responsible for most of the illegal distribution of copyrighted movies, software, games and music on the Internet. These are the first federal indictments arising from the Charlotte-based FBI investigation that identified targets in both Operations FastLink and Site Down – the two largest and most aggressive international enforcement actions against criminal organizations involved in the illegal online distribution of copyrighted material.[/i]


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