Federal Bureau of Investigation

  1. Gov't Convicts 'Apocalypse Crew'

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cracks down on pre-release piracy groups. The first federal criminal convictions of members from pre-release music piracy groups were announced today (Feb. 28) by the Department of Justice. The four individuals had been arrested as a result of Ope ...

  2. DOJ Unveils Anti-Piracy Legislative Package

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Nov. 10 that the Department of Justice has a proposed legislative package ready for introduction in Congress aimed at cracking down on copyright crimes and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Attorney General Alber ...

  3. DOJ Unveils Anti Piracy Legislative Package

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bainwol, RIAA hail IP protection plans. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday (Nov. 10) said the Department of Justice has a proposed legislative package ready for introduction in Congress aimed at cracking down on copyright crimes and ...

  4. Grand Jury Indicts In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection wit ...

  5. Indictments In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Charged with criminal copyright infringement. A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals yesterday (Oct. 12) in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. Ye Teng Wen and Hao He of Union City, Cal ...

  6. Piracy Raids Target California, Texas

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Over 100 law enforcement officers in the San Francisco Bay area and Austin, Tex., simultaneously raided illegal CD and DVD plants Oct. 6, making the first arrests after a two-year undercover investiga Over 100 law enforcement officers in the San F ...

  7. Law Enforcement Raid Illegal CD/DVD Plants

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Result of two-year undercover investigation. Over 100 law enforcement officers in the San Francisco Bay area and Austin, Tex., simultaneously raided illegal CD and DVD plants this morning (Oct. 6), making the first arrests after a two-year underco ...

  8. Teen Is First Convicted Under Family Ent. Copyright Act

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA). NEW YORK -- Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Ent ...

  9. Pirate Convicted With Newly Enacted Camcorder Law

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Curtis Salisbury pleaded guilty to two charges. Curtis Salisbury, 19, became the first person to be convicted under the recently enacted Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (FECA). He pleaded guilty Monday (Sept. 26) in the U.S. District Court ...

  10. U.S. Examines DVD Piracy In China

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever U.S. piracy czar demanded here Sept. 14 that officials show tangible results from ramped up efforts to crush the counterfeiting of films, drugs and clothes, and said he had the backing BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The first-e ...

  11. Embezzlement Scandal Hits SGA

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal criminal investigation is under way after $1.25 million in songwriter royalties were allegedly embezzled from the Songwriters Guild of America by its longtime royalty manager Marsha Aiken an NEW YORK -- A federal criminal investigation i ...

  12. Embezzlement Scandal Hits SGA

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal criminal investigation is under way after $1.25 million in songwriter royalties were allegedly embezzled from the Songwriters Guild of America by its longtime royalty manager Marsha Aiken an A federal criminal investigation is under way ...

  13. First Suspect Indicted Under Camcorder Law

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that makes it a federal crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that mak ...

  14. U.S., EU Bond For Program Fighting Piracy

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. government officials announced plans June 8 to join forces with their counterparts from the 25-nation European Union to fight piracy and counterfeiting in DVDs, CDs and other audiovisual products BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U.S. gove ...

  15. Elite Torrents Joins Shuttered P2P List

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut down by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. LOS ANGELES -- One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut d ...

  16. Elite Torrents Joins Shuttered P2P List

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Site offered thousands of illegal movies, TV shows. One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut down by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Elite Torrents, which had been receiving 8.5 mil ...

  17. U.S. Marshals Nab Camcorder Pirate

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Ray Gasca, the first person charged by the federal government with illegally camcording a film, was arrested April 5 near Orlando, Fla., by U.S. Marshals after more than a year of eluding autho LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Ray Gasca, the first per ...

  18. U.S. Marshals Nab Camcorder Pirate

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gasca had been on the lam more than one year. Johnny Ray Gasca, the first person charged by the federal government with illegally camcording a film, was arrested yesterday (April 5) near Orlando, Fla., by U.S. Marshals after more than a year of el ...

  19. Rap Mogul, Drug Kingpin Surrender to Feds

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Inc. linked to drugs, murder, money-laundering. NEW YORK (AP) -- The hip-hop label behind music superstars Ashanti and Ja Rule was part of a murderous criminal enterprise that protected its interstate crack and heroin operation with calculated ...

  20. Behind the Deal: An Interview with David Israelite, Intellectual Property Task Force Chairman

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 launched the Intellectual Property Task Force to examine enforcement and explore ways to further protect copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 l ...

  21. Time Warner Inks $510M Settlement With Gov't

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Time Warner Inc. on Dec. 15 settled criminal securities fraud charges the government leveled on its America Online unit, agreeing to pay $210 million to end the Justice Department's probe. The company (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Time Warner I ...

  22. Behind the Deal: DOJ's Intellectual Property Task Force Report

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As the music industry continues its legal challenges to unauthorized file sharing, the Department of Justice is shoring up its efforts to protect intellectual property. As the music industry continues its legal challenges to unauthorized file shar ...

  23. Judge Orders FBI To Release Lennon Files

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The FBI must turn over the remaining secret files on John Lennon to a professor who has waged a more than 20-year legal battle to get the documents, a judge ruled. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI must turn over the remaining secret files on John Lenno ...

  24. Terror Watch Listing Diverts Yusuf Islam Flight

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A London-to-Washington flight was diverted to Maine yesterday (Sept. 21) when it was discovered passenger Yusuf Islam -- formerly known as singer Cat Stevens -- was on a government watch list and barr A London-to-Washington flight was diverted to ...

  25. Justice Dept. Raids Net Song Swappers

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The record industry's anti-piracy czar has given a thumbs-up to Operation Digital Gridlock, the Justice Department's attempt to snare individuals who illegally distribute copyrighted material on peer- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The record indus ...

  26. Justice Dep't Raids Net Song Swappers

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The record industry's anti-piracy czar has given a thumbs up to the Department of Justice's Operation Digital Gridlock, the federal government's attempt to snare individuals who illegally distribute c The record industry's anti ...

  27. Strict Sentence For British CD Pirate

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The international recorded music industry has welcomed a lengthy jail sentence handed down to one of the world's most prolific CD pirates. Mark Purseglove, 33, was sentenced July 8 at London's Blackfr LONDON -- The international recorded ...

  28. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  29. Ex-Fox Workers Targeted In Piracy Case

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Federal authorities are bringing criminal charges against five men and one woman formerly employed by Fox Cable Networks after an investigation indicated that the group uploaded movies, games and soft LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Federal auth ...

  30. Film Studios Mull Piracy Lawsuits

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated. Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander Ex-Fox Workers ...

  31. FBI, Police Seize 200,000 Discs In Atlanta Raids

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were ra ...

  32. FBI, Police Seize 200,000 Discs In Atlanta Raids

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were ra ...

  33. Crow Flies for United Air, Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect, Sony Corp. of America's online music service, will launch May 4 with a promo event featuring Sheryl Crow performing live on a United Airlines aircraft traveling from Chicago to Los Angel Rep. Seeks To Curb Outsourcing In Film Mi ...

  34. FBI Cracks Down With Piracy Raids

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The FBI is getting tough on piracy. The agency conducted more than 120 raids yesterday (April 21) in 27 states and assisted law enforcement agencies in 10 other countries in an effort to dismantle ope The FBI is getting tough on piracy. The agency ...

  35. FBI Cracks Down With Piracy Raids

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The FBI is getting tough on piracy. The agency conducted more than 120 raids yesterday (April 21) in 27 states and assisted law enforcement agencies in 10 other countries in an effort to dismantle ope The FBI is getting tough on piracy. The agency ...

  36. Amendments To Filesharing Bill On Horizon

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Expect some unhappy House lawmakers to offer amendments to the pending H.R. 4077 when it comes before the full Judiciary Committee after the Easter recess. WASHINGTON--Expect some unhappy House lawmakers to offer amendments to the pending H.R. 407 ...

  37. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. <br clear="no NLRB Dismisses 'Virtual Music ...

  38. New Bill Consolidates Measures Vs. File-Sharing

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST House lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property marked up legislation today (March 31) that deals aggressively with file-sharing over the Internet. The bill was f House lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Courts, ...

  39. 'Big Fish' Pirate Reeled In

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI charged California resident William C. Philputt Friday (Feb. 27) with violating federal anti-piracy laws. Philputt is suspected of selling advance copies of Tim Burton's film "Big Fish" online The FBI charged California resi ...

  40. 'Big Fish' Pirate Reeled In

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI charged California resident William C. Philputt Friday (Feb. 27) with violating federal anti-piracy laws. Philputt is suspected of selling advance copies of Tim Burton's film "Big Fish" online The FBI charged California resi ...

  41. FBI, RIAA Create Anti-Piracy Seal

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a government-sanctioned anti-piracy seal intended to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music products by labels. The seal, akin to the FBI warning screen sh The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a gove ...

  42. FBI, RIAA Create Anti-Piracy Seal

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a government-sanctioned anti-piracy seal intended to be voluntarily applied to copyrighted music products by labels. The seal, akin to the FBI warning screen sh The FBI and the RIAA have cooperated on a gove ...

  43. Man Pleads Innocent In Oscar-Screener Case

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man accused of helping to illegally post movies for Oscar screeners on the Internet has pleaded innocent to federal charges. A man accused of helping to illegally post movies for Oscar screeners on the Internet has pleaded innocent to federal ch ...

  44. Man Pleads Innocent In Oscar-Screener Case

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST A man accused of helping to illegally post movies for Oscar screeners on the Internet has pleaded innocent to federal charges. A man accused of helping to illegally post movies for Oscar screeners on the Internet has pleaded innocent to federal ch ...

  45. Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty To Film Piracy

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the first federal U.S. case charging copyright infringement of motion pictures, a Minnesota man pled guilty Monday (Feb. 9) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In the first federal U.S. case charging copyright infringement ...

  46. Warner Bros., Sony Sue Screener-Sharer

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner Bros. and Sony for copyright infringement. Caridi, whose Oscar screener tapes were allegedly posted on the Internet illegally by Russell Sprague, is being target Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner Bros. a ...

  47. Warner Bros., Sony Sue Screener-Sharer

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Actor Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner Bros. and Sony for copyright infringement. Caridi, whose Oscar screener tapes were allegedly posted on the Internet illegally by friend and film buff Russe Actor Carmine Caridi has been sued by Warner B ...

  48. FBI Arrests Video Pirate

    January 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illinois man for allegedly posting films on the Internet without authorization. The man, Russell W. Sprague Sr., is expected to appear in a Chicago federal cour The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illino ...

  49. FBI Arrests Video Pirate

    January 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illinois man for allegedly posting films on the Internet without authorization. The man, Russell W. Sprague Sr., is expected to appear in a Chicago federal cour The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illino ...

  50. FBI Arrests Video Pirate

    January 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illinois man for allegedly posting films on the Internet without authorization. The man, Russell W. Sprague Sr., is expected to appear in a Chicago federal cour The FBI yesterday (Jan. 22) arrested an Illino ...

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