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Piracy Crime Software Your Rights Online

Chinese Man Pleads Guilty To $100M Piracy Operation 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
iComp sends word of a Chinese businessman who pleaded guilty to selling pirated software the retail value of which totaled more than $100 million. The software came from over 200 different companies, and was sold to buyers in 61 different countries over a 3-year period. The man was arrested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the island of Saipan in 2011, after undercover agents had been working on the case for 18 months (PDF). "Li trolled black market Internet forums in search of hacked software, and people with the know-how to crack the passwords needed to run the program. Then he advertised them for sale on his websites. Li transferred the pirated programs to customers by sending compressed files via Gmail, or sent them hyperlinks to download servers, officials said. ... Agents lured Li from China to the U.S. territory of Saipan under the premise of discussing a joint illicit business venture. At an island hotel, Li delivered counterfeit packaging and, prosecutors said, "Twenty gigabytes of proprietary data obtained unlawfully from an American software company." Officials did not identify the company in court documents."
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Chinese Man Pleads Guilty To $100M Piracy Operation

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  • Censorship & Piracy (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @01:36AM (#42528573) Journal

    The other day I was chatting with someone from an Islamic country and the guy told me that he **WAS FORCED TO DOWNLOAD PIRATED MOVIES** because of the censorship that was being practiced in his country.

    He posted a list of movies that he said he had to pirate because they were ***ILLEGAL*** in his country.

    The local cinemas were prohibited from showing those movies, and he couldn't buy any legal version of those movies on legal DVDs either.

    Among the names of the movies that he posted, I only remember two of them, and they were:

    The Prince of Egypt []


    Babe []

    The person claimed that he felt bad for downloading the pirated version of the movies but he had no choice.

  • by AK Marc (707885) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @03:58AM (#42529299)
    Is Saipan in a foreign country? I thought it was part of a US territory.

    Personally, I'd outlaw governmental lying. Claiming to be a 14 year old girl to invite men to your sting? Say "I'm not a cop" when asked what you do when meeting a suspect undercover? Invite a foreign national to a US territory to arrest them for what isn't even a crime ( If I'm in Mexico and kill an American, I broke Mexican law, not US law, so deciding they are undesirable people, then inviting them to the US to arrest them for breaking US law when they never set foot there before is insane). If anything, the people that approved his visa should all be fired and arrested. They knowingly issued a visa on false grounds. I haven't seen any exception in US immigration law for covert op visas issued on false pretenses.

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