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IN
THE
UNITED
STATES
DISTRICT
COURT
FORTHE
EASTERN
DISTRICT
OF
VIRGINIA
Norfolk
Division
SEP
1
3
2012
CLERK,
US
DISTHiUI
COURT
MHRFPLK.
VA
UNITED
STATES
OF
AMERICA
v.
JAVIER
E.FERRER
a/k/a
"bigdaddykane.
CRIMINAL
NO.
2;
1
let
j3
7
18
U.S.C.
§
371(Conspiracy
to
Commit
Copyright
Infringement
-
Count
1)
CRIMINALINFORMATION
THE
UNITEDSTATES
ATTORNEY
CHARGES
THAT:
COUNT
ONE
A,
THECONSPIRACY
From
in
or
about
April
2010
through
in
or
about
September
2011,
the
exact
dates
being
unknown,
in
the
Eastern
District
of
Virginia
and
elsewhere,
defendant
JAVIER
E.
FERRER,
a/k/a
"bigdaddykane,"
knowingly
and
unlawfully
combined,
conspired,confederated,
and
agreed
together
with
others
known
and
unknown,
to
commit
the
following
offenses
againstthe
United
States,
that
is,
(1)towillfully,
and
for
the
purposeof
private
financialgain,
infringe
copyrights
by
reproducing
and
distributing,
during
a
180-day
period,
ten
or
more
copies
of
one
or
more
copyrighted
works
having
a
total
retail
value
of
more
than
$2,500
in
violation
of
Title17,
United
States
Code,
Section506(a)(l)(A),
and
Title
18,
United
States
Code,
Sections
2319(b)(l)
and
2;
and
(2)
towillfully,
and
forthe
purposeof
privatefinancialgain,infringe
copyrights
by
distributing
at
least
onecopy
of
acopyrighted
work
beingprepared
for
commercial
distribution
by
making
such
works
available
on
a
computer
network
Case 2:12-cr-00137-HCM-LRL Document 2 Filed 09/13/12 Page 1 of 6 PageID# 9
 
accessible
to
members
of
thepublic,
when
the
defendant
knew
and
should
have
known
that
such
workswere
intended
for
commercial
distribution,in
violation
of
Title
17,
United
States
Code,
Section
506(a)(l)(C),
and
Title
18,
United
States
Code,
Sections
2319(d)(2)
and
2.
B,
WAYS.
MANNERS.
AND
MEANS
The
ways,
manner,and
means
bywhich
the
conspiracy
was
carried
out
included,
but
were
not
limited
to,
thefollowing:
1.
The
object
of
the
conspirators'
illegal
agreement
was
to
unlawfully
obtain,
reproduce,
and
distribute
viathe
Internet
copies
of
copyrightedworks,
including
motion
pictures,
movies
available
on
DVD/Blu-ray,
music,
TV
shows,games,
and
instructional
videos,
withoutpermission
from
the
owners
of
these
copyrighted
works.
The
conspirators
informally
identified
themselves
as
members
of
the
IMAGiNE
Group.
2.
It
was
a
part
of
the
conspiracy
to
obtain
by
various
means
copies
of
the
video
and
audio
components
of
motion
picturescurrently
showing
in
theaters
that
had
not
yet
been
released
to
DVD/Blu-ray
for
sale
tothe
general
public.
Forexample,
conspirators,
such
as
defendant
JAVIER
E.
FERRER,
obtained
video
copies
of
motion
pictures
by
using
an
audiovisual
recording
device,
such
as
a
camcorder,
to
make
copies
of,
or
"cam,"newly
released
motion
pictures
while
they
are
playing
in
a
movie
theaterforfurther
reproduction
and
distribution
withoutpermission
of
the
copyright
owner.
Similarly,
otherconspirators
used
other
audiovisual
equipment,
including
FM
and
infrared
receivers,to
capture
and
to
record
the
audio
portion
of
newly
released
motion
pictures
for
use
by
theconspirators.
3.
It
was
further
a
part
of
theconspiracy
to
use
computer
software
todigitallyrefine
and
to
edit
the
video
and
audio
portions
of
a
motion
picture
and
to
combine
or
synchronize
the
Case 2:12-cr-00137-HCM-LRL Document 2 Filed 09/13/12 Page 2 of 6 PageID# 10
 
two
components
into
audiovisual
movie
files
suitablefor
upload
to
servers
utilized
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group
and
later
reproduction
and
distribution
viathe
Internet.
4.
It
was
further
a
part
of
the
conspiracy
torent
computer
servers,
includingservers
located
in
France,
to
host
one
or
more
websites,
such
as
"unleashthe.net,"
and
to
provide
workspace
in
which
the
conspirators
could
upload,
download,
format,
store,
and
ready
pirated,
copyrighted
works
fordistribution
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group
among
themselves,
forsaletoothers,
and
fordistributionto
members
of
the
"unleashthe.net"
website.
5.
It
was
further
a
part
of
the
conspiracy
to
pay
for
and
toregisterInternet
domain
names
for
use
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group,
including
unleashthe.net,
pure-imagination.us,
and
pure-
imagination,
info.
6.
It
was
further
a
part
of
the
conspiracy
to
establish
an
accountwith
PayPal
in
the
name
ofunleashthe.net"
to
acceptdonations
made
by
conspirators
andby
other
website
users
to
fund
expenses,including
thecost
of
renting
servers
used
by
the
conspirators,
and
to
accept
payments
forthe
unauthorized
distribution
and
sale
of
copyrighted
works
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group.
7.
Duringand
as
a
part
of
the
conspiracy,
theconspiratorsdistributedviathe
Internet
thousands
of
copies
of
copyrightedworks,
including
motion
pictures
still
playing
in
movie
theaters
and
movies
released
on
DVD/Blu-ray.
As
a
result
of
the
conspiracy
and
the
illegal
reproduction
and
distribution
of
copyrighted
works,
the
owners
suffered
losses.
C
OVERT
ACTS
In
furtherance
of
theoffenses
whichwere
theobjects
of
the
conspiracy,
the
following
overt
acts,
among
others,
werecommitted
in
theEastern
District
of
Virginia
and
elsewhere:
1.
On
or
about
July
26,2010,
in
the
Eastern
District
of
Virginia
and
elsewhere,
a
conspiratorcreated
a
new
website
for
The
IMAGiNE
Group
hosted
on
a
computer
server
located
in
France.
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