Four people accused of music piracy were indicted (charged by a grand jury) in Virginia, USA, on Wednesday.
The indictment says the four belonged to a group called “Rabid Neurosis” which worked for several years, ending in 2007. It says the group uploaded music, games, movies, and software without permission. Thousands of people were then able to get these files from the Internet. This violated copyright – the creator’s right to control his work.
The indictment says the group sometimes got CD’s that had not yet been released (published). Workers in the music industry helped them do this. Other times, it says, they bought CD’s that had just been released, then uploaded them.
They became known for having files no one else had had before.
The four could go to prison for up to five years. There could also be fines of up to $250,000 and other penalties.
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