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'DrinkorDie' warez member jailed
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-05-17
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Source: Mi2N - May 12, 2002

Barry Erickson from Portland, Oregon, was a systems engineer employed by Symantec Corporation.

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 supervised release.

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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