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IN
THE
UNITED
STATES
DISTRICT
COURT
FOR
THI1
MAY
-9
2012
EASTERN
DISTRICT
OF
VIRGINIA
Norfolk
Division
FILED
IN
OPEN
COURT
CLERK,
U.S.
DISTRICT
COURT
NORFOLK.VA
UNITED
STATES
OF
AMERICA
)
v.
)
CRIMINAL
NO.
2:12cr59
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
)
STATEMENT
OF
FACTS
Ifthis
matter
had
gone
to
trial,
the
United
States
would
have
proven
the
chargecontained
in
count
oneof
the
indictment
beyond
areasonabledoubt,
byproofof
the
following
facts,
among
others:
Following
contact
from
a
representative
of
the
Motion
Picture
Association
of
America
(MPAA)
in
March
2010,
investigators
with
the
Department
of
Homeland
Security,
Immigrationand
Customs
Enforcement
(Homeland
Security
Investigations
or
HSI
Norfolk)
began
investigating
an
Internet
release
group,
identified
asthe
IMAGiNE
Group,
that
reproduced
and
distributed
copies
of
copyrightedworks,
including
motion
pictures
and
movies
later
released
to
DVD/Blu-ray.
This
activity
occurredwithout
the
permission
of,
and
caused
losses
to,
the
ownersof
the
copyrighted
works.
During
the
investigation,
HSI
Norfolk
agents
identified
several
members
of
the
IMAGiNE
Group,
located
in
the
Eastern
District
of
Virginia,
Florida,
Pennsylvania,
New
York,
California,
and
elsewhere,
andhavedeveloped
evidence
of
their
involvement
in
the
conspiracy
charged
in
the
indictment
dating
back
toin
or
about
September
2009.
Infurtherance
of
the
conspiracy
and
to
provide
a
platform
for
IMAGiNE
Groupmembers
toshare
and
to
ready
copies
ofmotion
pictures
and
other
copyrighted
works
for
dissemination
Pi
Case 2:12-cr-00059-AWA-TEM Document 52 Filed 05/09/12 Page 1 of 6 PageID# 167
 
over
the
Internet,in
July
and
August2010
a
conspirator
in
the
Eastern
District
of
Virginia
tooka
series
of
steps
to
facilitate
the
use
of
a
new
website
forthe
IMAGiNE
Group,
titled
"unleashthe.net."
In
the
Eastern
District
of
Virginia
and
elsewhere,
this
conspirator:
(a)
rented
computer
servers
in
France
and
elsewhere
for
use
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group
and
to
host
its
website;
(b)
registered
domain
names
for
use
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group;and
(c)
opened
email
and
PayPalaccounts
toreceive
donations
andpaymentsfrom
persons
downloading
or
buying
IMAGiNE
Group
releases
of
infringingor"pirated"
copies
ofmotion
pictures
and
other
copyrighted
works
and
to
fund
payments
for
computer
servers.
Beginning
in
or
about
October
2010,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
knowingly
agreedwith
other
members
of
the
IMAGiNE
Group,
including
a
conspirator
livingin
Portsmouth,
VA,
to
commit
the
crimescharged
in
count
oneof
theindictment.
As
part
of
this
conspiracy,
defendant
LOVELADY
and
other
conspirators
sought
to
obtain
and
disseminate
digital
copies
of
copyrighted
motion
picturescurrently
showing
in
movie
theaters,
which
motion
picturesconstitute
"work[s]beingprepared
for
commercial
distribution"
pursuant
to
17
U.S.C.
§
506(a)(3)(B).
During
2011,defendant
LOVELADY
went
to
movie
theaters
near
his
California
residence
and
secretly
used
receivers
and
recordingdevices
to
capture
(referredto
as
"capping")
the
audio
sound
tracks
of
copyrighted
motion
pictures.
After
obtaining,
editing,
and
filtering
audio
sound
tracks
and
uploading
them
to
servers
utilized
by
the
IMAGiNE
Group,
oneof
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY's
jobs
in
the
group
was
to
usesoftware
to
marry
togetheror
synchronize
(that
is,
to
"sync"
or"syncing")
the
audio
file
with
an
illegally
obtained
video
file
of
a
motion
picture
into
a
completed
movie
file
suitablefor
sharing
over
the
Internet
among
members
of
the
IMAGiNE
Group
and
others.In
furtherance
of
the
conspiracy
and
to
facilitate
others
in
J&
Case 2:12-cr-00059-AWA-TEM Document 52 Filed 05/09/12 Page 2 of 6 PageID# 168
 
performing
this
same
task,
on
February22,2011,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
posted
instructions
on
the
IMAGiNE
Group's
website
forum
boardabout
"Learn[ing]
How
To
Sync
in
5
Minutes
....
In
or
about
July
2011,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
communicated
via
Skype
with
aleader
of
the
IMAGiNE
Group
living
in
Portsmouth,
VA.
During
this
conversation,they
agreed
that
the
leader
would
send
LOVELADY
MP3
players,
capable
of
receiving
and
recording
motion
pictureaudio
tracks
broadcast
on
FM
channels.
On
July
22,2011,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
received
the
MP3
players
via
UPS
delivery.
On
or
about
July
23,2011,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
illegally
captured
and
recorded
on
an
MP3
playerthe
audio
for
"CaptainAmerica:
The
First
Avenger"
at
a
drive-intheater
located
in
Montclair,
CA.
After
doing
so,
LOVELADY
then
communicated
bySkype
withanother
conspirator
in
Florida,
who
illegally
filmed
(or
"cammed")
Captain
America
at
a
theater
near
his
home,
and
theydiscussed
thesteps
needed
to
process
the
video
and
audio
files
to
readya
pirated
copyof
the
copyrighted
movie
for
reproduction
and
distributionto
members
of
the
IMAGINE
Group,
who
numbered
well
over
a
thousand,
and
thepublic.
Also
in
July
andAugust
2011,
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY
returned
to
the
same
drive-intheater
and
usedan
MP3
player
to
secretly
record
the
sound
tracksforthe
copyrighted
motion
pictures
"The
Smurfs,"
"Cowboys
and
Aliens,"
"Friends
with
Benefits,"
and
"Bad
Teacher."
On
April
5,2012,
HSI
agents
executed
a
court-authorized
searchwarrant
for
SEAN
M.
LOVELADY's
residence
in
Pomona,
CA,
to
search
for
evidence
of
criminal
copyright
infringement.
Agents
seizeda
computer,
cellphones,
two
MP3
players,
and
numerous
CDs/DVDs
during
thesearch.
A
preliminary
forensic
examinationofsuch
items
reveals
that
one
or
more
of
the
itemscontain
hundreds
of
pirated
copies
of
copyrighted
works,
including
movies,
music,
software,
and
TV
shows.
Among
the
items
seized
by
agents
were
the
items
listed
in
/.
r
Case 2:12-cr-00059-AWA-TEM Document 52 Filed 05/09/12 Page 3 of 6 PageID# 169

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