'DrinkorDie' warez member jailed
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Source: Mi2N - May 12, 2002
Barry Erickson from Portland, Oregon, was a systems engineer employed by
But - he was also an active member of the DrinkorDie piracy ring and, "used
his position at the company to obtain early access to Symantec software
products and provide these to other DrinkorDie members who would illegally
remove the copy-protection technology from the software,," said the
Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) representing US computer and
video game publishers.
"Other group members would then post illegal copies of the Symantec software
for download on Internet sites throughout the world," it went on.
"DrinkorDie members were also actively involved in setting up sites where
pirate copies of IDSA member companies' games were also made widely
available for download."
However, the DrinkorDie group was also the primary target of Operation
Buccaneer, a 15-month investigation headed by the US Customs Service "with
assistance from the U.S. Attorneys' Office of the Eastern District of
Virginia and CCIPS," all of which led to last December's simultaneous
execution of more than 70 search warrants across the US and in five foreign
countries. And they in turn ultimately led US District Court Judge Claude M.
Hilton to sentence Erickson to 33 in jail and to an additional two years of
The IDSA's Ric Hirsch said, "The scope and scale of many of these Internet
piracy rings, known as 'warez' groups, is so great that the resources and
expertise of federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials is vital to
any successful campaign to wipe them out."
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