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IMAGiNE Being Indicted for Piracy

May 21, 2012

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On April 24, the United States Department of Justice indicted members of the internet piracy group “IMAGiNE.” Although the group’s focus was movies, these indictments (which are rare) give us some insight to the into the piracy scene.

Software Piracy Group Imagine

Similar to software piracy groups, IMAGiNE was not focused on selling their Warez releases, but was intent on becoming a premiere piracy group. Driven by the prestige that this offered and competitive group rivalry, groups like IMAGiNE can produce thousands of releases in the course of their operation.

These releases are then leaked to other software distribution channels: P2P sites, cyberlockers and forums to create a never-ending stream of pirated content available. Groups that target software become key enablers of the availability of pirated software releases often develop the tools and approaches for cracking and circumventing DRM systems, software licensing, and hardware based protection schemes which further the propagation software piracy.

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.