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Five charged with criminal copyright infringement

Ninjavideo website operators charged with criminal copyright conspiracy

Five individuals connected to one of the domain names seized by ICE last July have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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According to the indictment returned yesterday, the NinjaVideo website operated from February 2008 until it was shut down by law enforcement in June 2010. NinjaVideo allegedly provided millions of website visitors with the ability to illegally download infringing copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats. Many of the movies offered on the website were still playing in theaters, while others had not yet been released. The website allegedly offered many copyrighted movies and television shows free of charge, and offered access to a greater selection of copyrighted content for a "donation" of at least $25. The website also generated significant revenue through advertising. The defendants allegedly collected more than $500,000 during the website's two-and-a-half years of operation and facilitated the infringement of millions of dollars of copyrighted movies, television programs and software products.
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Ugh. A criminal record and possible jail time at 23 years old.

Kids taken for a ride by the older tech community that proposed free sharing was the new paradigm.
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Ugh. A criminal record and possible jail time at 23 years old.

Kids taken for a ride by the older tech community that proposed free sharing was the new paradigm.
What's worse, the tech community prefers this route. From the EFF's latest brief against the Rojadirecta domain name seizure:

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Indeed, the government has alternative and less burdensome means to address any legitimate interests that it may wish to further via the seizure campaign. For example, in most instances it can seek to identify and prosecute the individuals who allegedly engaged in the criminal copyright infringement.
In other words, it's better if the government threw kids in jail rather than take their $10 domain name.
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Excellent. There are all sorts of news stories about internet crooks getting caught, from credit card scammers to Nigerian "money launderers." The internet is real. If you get caught ripping people off via the internet, good that you're caught.
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Excellent. There are all sorts of news stories about internet crooks getting caught, from credit card scammers to Nigerian "money launderers." The internet is real. If you get caught ripping people off via the internet, good that you're caught.
Exactly.
A crime is a crime... no matter if you do it in person, over the phone, by mail, or using the internet.
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And it sets the stage and makes people think twice before doing it. Sucks to be the example but maybe an example needs to be made?
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And it sets the stage and makes people think twice before doing it. Sucks to be the example but maybe an example needs to be made?
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Second Ninjavideo founder pleads guilty:

Ninjavideo founder pleads guilty to criminal copyright conspiracy

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Hana A. Beshara, 29, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement. At sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 6, 2012, Beshara faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count.
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According to court documents, Beshara was one of the founders of NinjaVideo.net, which operated from February 2008 until it was shut down by law enforcement in June 2010. The NinjaVideo.net website allowed visitors to download infringing copies of hundreds of television shows and movies, including those still playing in theaters and some that had not yet been released in theaters. Website visitors could download much of the infringing content for free, but visitors who "donated" at least $25 obtained access to private forum boards that contained a wider range of infringing material.
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Beshara, who referred to herself as "Queen Phara" and "the face and the name behind Ninja," was the day-to-day administrator of NinjaVideo.net, according to court documents. In that role, Beshara supervised the website and at times directed the release of infringing copies of specific movies and television shows, including through uploads of copyrighted works by members of the group to computer servers around the world and in the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to the statement of facts, Beshara frequently released podcasts to communicate with the millions of visitors to NinjaVideo.net. In one such podcast, which Beshara entitled "The NinjaVideo Manifesto," Beshara boasted about NinjaVideo's "zero hour releases on TV and movies" - meaning that the website made infringing content available as soon as the legitimate product was released.
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