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Video Game Pirates Plead Guilty

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Published: 2005-03-09

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Three men who distributed pirated copies of Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation games over the Internet have plead guilty to violating various copyright laws.

The charges comes after from the largest Justice Department investigation into software piracy discovered these men, Albert Bryndza, 32, from New York, Seth Kleinberg, 26, from Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Lermanm, 20, a student from Long Island, were distributing thousands of stolen games.

According to The Inquirer,

Each played a different role in the scheme. Kleinberg was responsible for cracking codes to allow the discs to be copied. Lerman edited the software so it could be squeezed onto one disc and Bryndza built servers which stored the titles ready for download.

All three say they made little or no money from their activities and were motivated by competing with other groups to get games online first. Prosecutors described the three as "Robin Hoods of the internet".


The three "Robin Hoods" face a potential prison sentence that could be as long as 5 years.

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