Warez ringleader gets probation after guilty plea

Ars Technica writes: "The first of five individuals arrested in April for their involvement in pirated software distribution has been sentenced to three years' probation. The individuals were indicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement for their use and management of three warez sites over the course of nearly a year.
In a case brought by the Department of Justice, Robert Hardick, a 57 year-old resident of Getzville, NY, who is also known as "tcut" online, was charged by with downloading more than 5,000 files between September 2002 and April 2003 from TEN ("The Ether Net") warez site located in New Haven, CT. Among the files he downloaded were Maya 4.5 Unlimited and Symantec AntiVirus, Corporate Edition, v8.0.1. Hardick also uploaded over 62,000 files to TBR ("The Boxer Rebellion"), including EnSight Gold v7.4.1, between June 2002 and April 2003, while he also downloaded approximately 310 files.:

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