Computer crime and intellectual property plea
Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, has announced that CAROL SZOKE, 62, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, waived indictment and pleaded guilty before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.
According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, SZOKE was a participant in the “warez scene” – an underground online community that consists of individuals and organized groups who use the Internet to engage in the large-scale, illegal distribution of copyrighted software. In the warez scene, certain participants (known as “suppliers”) are able to obtain access to copyrighted software, video games, DVD movies, and MP3 music files, often before those titles are even available to the general public. Other participants (known as “crackers”) then use their technical skills to circumvent or “crack” the digital copyright protections; and yet others (known as “couriers”) distribute the pirated software to various file servers on the Internet for others to access, reproduce, and further distribute. Computer crime and intellectual property plea
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