Warez and the Crack Factor of Internet Piracy – Can Piracy Law Stop Crack Addiction?

Warez often originates from hackers that crack a code for the thrill of the challenge. But “crackers,” those in the hacker world who crack and profit from software piracy, have capitalized on the efforts of hackers and their cracked codes – successfully building a billion dollar international underground economy. This underground community of “cracker” pirates thrives on international software and Internet piracy.

Litigators, copyright holders, and media giants are working together with law enforcement agencies to beat down the doors of the pirates’ virtual underground warehouses. New copyright laws and international piracy treaties are on the table at nations across the world, awaiting rewritten code to revitalize current piracy laws and keep up with the swift currents of Internet technology. FBI operations go undercover by names such as the 2001 Operation Buccaneer, Operation Bandwidth, and Digital Piratez, and the more recent Operation Site Down, Operation Copycat, Operation Jolly Roger and Operation Fast Link. Warez Operation Buccaneer resulted in 58 search warrants worldwide – which was the “largest” crackdown of 2001. Operation Bandwidth corralled the pirates by setting up a fake warez software piracy website. The Digital Piratez operation resulted in only 9 warrants. This was just the beginning of the Warez crackdown and the FBI’s foray into the world of crack addiction.

The warez pirates continue to circumvent the piracy laws that are on the verge of crumbling down their underground economy. As they continue their overseas pirating escapades – so to does the FBI continue their undercover operations. A 2008 United States Department of Justice report summarizes the statistics of the warez operations Sitedown and Fastlink – which resulted in 108 felony convictions, confiscation of over one-hundred million dollars worth of pirated software, and 200 search warrants that traveled to over 15 countries. Far more than the 58 search warrants that served the pirates of 2001. In 2007, there were 217 intellectual property cases filed. Letters from hackers under investigation litter the Internet – warning their co-conspirators to “get out” before it’s too late.

The FBI wasn’t alone in the warez crackdown operations. Fifteen countries assisted the US in their search for warez piracy. Suppliers who supply the hardware to a warez website, Scripters who help build a website, Brokers who develop active groups, and Encoders who overwrite the copyright protection, have all been held liable in federal court. Charges included not only copyright infringement, but also conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, circumventing copyright infringement and trafficking illegal goods.

Piracy law will continue to gain attention by law enforcement agencies and warez pirates. The US House unanimously approved the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act which allows for current federal law to be rewritten for liberal seizure procedures and the creation of a position for a presidentially appointed U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative. It also creates a new division in the Department of Justice for intellectual property enforcement and ten positions within embassies. Internet piracy is being tracked daily by the feds. But the heat won’t be putting out the pirates completely anytime soon.

The warez scene is addictive. Hackers live for the challenge of cracking a code – even if there isn’t any financial gain. Warez groupies get a rush from seeing how fast a cracked file can start spreading like wildfire. Pirates that serve international traffickers prey on these addictions – offering slick trades of expensive hardware and digital ware that feeds the warez scene. Piracy laws are building up strength to fight billions of dollars of intellectual property theft and copyright infringement. But they are also fighting an addiction. And addictions can skew perceptions. The hackers and crackers of the warez scene might not see the reality of piracy law until the Feds come knocking at their door. Reality will then strike as hard as the clang of iron bars.

And, The Carnage Continues

Could it be that the times of today are masked by the Devils hand? One has to wonder considering the carnage that played out in Las Vegas. The perpetrators of calamity continue to carry out their heinous acts of unspeakable terror. Each violent act is proceeded by yet another more devastating slaughter of innocent lives. We have to remember that it was just about a year ago that another willful act of senseless murder eclipsed yet another murderous atrocity that was carried out before. It is as though every year there is yet another more tragic senseless loss of life by someone that is willfully aware of what they do. It doesn’t help that the United States has by far the largest collection of deadly weapons of any other nation that are in the hands of their citizens either.

Questions have arisen each time there is act of violent terror using deadly force that should be only available to military personal. Yet, the spineless members of our elected bodies have not only passed gun laws but other legislative measures that have only exasperated the growing threats of more violent terror infiltrating our neighborhoods. Is our nation on the verge of disintegration where people are so afraid of our own government where they feel the need to acquire weapons not for hunting but for self preservation? All over this country there are insurgent groups that support the extreme version of the 2nd Amendment. Using every loophole to acquire weapons that have only one purpose.

Why is it that people today feel the need to arm themselves? One could see when the 2nd Amendment was written weapons were instrumental to securing a family’s food and protection against wild animals. But, today the right to bear arms is being used to the extreme. The results being as evident as what we are witness to each time there is an act of violent terror. Has our society descended into the mire on the verge of anarchy? As sobering as it is today the sanctity of life is nonsequential to the power brokers that write the laws or subject the masses to their will. And, the carnage continues.

We have to understand that to address the continued slaughter of innocent lives using weapons of military grade there has to be a total ban on such weapons. One would ask if there was a ban like prohibition on alcohol could affect a black market on such weapons? Valid argument. But, to not do something so drastic only precludes that another Las Vegas attack will happen again and again. All through-out history there have been despots, desperadoes, and mass murderers that have struck fear and terror in the hearts and minds of man. Without remorse the demons within deranged minds show no mercy in the carnage they inflict. We have it within ourselves to negate the carnage that those who are bent on carry out terrorist acts by eliminating the readily available weaponry that is used by these perpetrators.

This is a great country founded on sound principles Liberty, Education, Morality, and Justice. When anyone of these principles is no longer amplified or dominate in our society, society succumbs to a lower level of existence. When our leaders themselves no longer exercise these fundamental building blocks of our nation in the legislation that is passed we have seen the results already undermining society as a whole. Each of these principles have been eroded by legislation that has been passed just within the past 45 years. The results are staggering, especially in education.

We had better start addressing the fundamental problems facing our society today. When budget constraints in cities and towns all across the country forced municipalities to shut down mental health facilities as they did back in 1990’s and even earlier signaled a trend that is still ongoing. It is these types of restraints forced by the policies that have reduced budgets to the point that society is incapable of attaining the level we were back in the early 1960’s. Today, the federal government as well as every city across the country no longer can support the services that enable our society to function. Gone are the resources, that propel a growing tax base to provide funding for schools and public services. The results are that schools all across the country have fallen in disrepair, consequently students no longer have the opportunities that students had during the 50’s and 60’s.

That’s just in education, the other three basic principles have also through disingenuous policies from the late 1960’s through today have created an atmosphere ripe for instability and division through-out the whole country. Now, when we talk of home grown terror whether it was the Oklahoma bombing in the mid 1990’s or the latest carnage in Las Vegas we have to understand that deranged individuals who commit these atrocities have grown out of the imbalance in our society today.

To prevent these horrible crimes from happening there first has to be a wiliness to put balance in our society today.That starts with creating economic equality and financial security for all. Sure, there will be those who sneak through the cracks in society and commit horrible crimes. But, to minimize the chances of violent terror from happening and to negate certain individuals from attaining the means to commit atrocities there must be a ban on automatic and semi automatic weapons. Understanding that a ban on these types of weapons is only a step to reducing the chances of violent terror from happening. There also has to be a monumental shift in our society to create economic stability and financial security that enables all to have the same opportunities to live healthier and more productive lives.

How this is done is by implementation of National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles Of Confederation. When implemented the articles of confederation will enable our society to have the means and the resources to achieve balance in communities all across the country. When there is balance and the availability to have equal opportunities with a understanding that weapons of military grade have no place in society can the chances of another Las Vegas atrocity be greatly diminished. To keep the status-quo or do nothing only concludes that another more violent terror will strike again.

Go Ahead and Pledge!

You pledge allegiance to the flag of the corporate states of America, and to the banana republic for which it stands, one very sick nation, under corporate management, easily divisible, with liberty and justice for the filthy rich. Teach this to your children. Be honest with them just this once, then brainwash them just as is done to us day after day. It’s the “right” thing to do.

“We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy law. We have left undone those things we ought to have done, and we have done those things we ought not to have done. There is no health in us.” From the old Book of Common Prayer – A General Confession. I have been observing the lost and sick people who surround me and cannot help but see the mind – body connection. By the time illness becomes the focal point of people, they are likely beyond all reason. I hear the most incredible things from the mouths of loved ones who reject healing as a life option. Sick people should be under the same social restrictions as felons. No voting, no jury duty, no weapons, no jobs.

Sick people become totally dependent upon the very corporate greed that made them sick. They reject healing and beg for more abuse, at public expense, whenever possible. Kevin Trudeau writes a book (Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About) that exposes both the sickness and corruption. He implies himself corporate enemy number one – and rightly so. Ralph Nader he is not.

I have one neighbor too sick to read any book. I have one parent who has read it and intends to make no changes as a result. Another who doesn’t want to know. I have a friend who calls himself a dead man and has read enough of the book to know it is he alone who has chosen death and still prefers that choice. Take that healing far from me – all I want is misery and a lot of sympathy.

This whole attitude begs examination. Though it begins with the universal poisoning in the womb and mother’s milk, in the egg and in the sperm; if we can just reach adulthood and cultivate an interest in health or disease, we have a fighting chance for a decent, loving and productive life. But because we are sick, we are easily distracted. We are all afflicted with attention deficit disorder. We pay now – and later. We can’t learn to read or can’t derive meaning from what we read. It’s not our fault, but what can we do? We are so sick and tired! The blind lead the blind, the greedy lead the greedy, the sick lead the sick and there is no health in us.

Kevin points out there is a health care crisis but that is not what we want to deal with. We want sick care, like those I mentioned earlier. Take care of me I beg you – I am no longer capable of caring for myself – or anything at all. What then is the duty of those in this sick society who have not yet reached that miserable, hopeless point?

The answer is to become an example. A model. Let the sickos see it is a personal choice we make to be sick and consequently, stupid. One follows the other in either order. Sickness follows stupidity – stupidity follows sickness. I have seen the proof with my own eyes and so have you. The sickness is no accident. We don’t get sick, we grow sick. It is strictly a matter of the speed with which we sicken. There is no such thing as sudden illness unless it is caused by trauma. Nine out of ten sudden deaths are likely side effects of legal drugs. But then, who cares?

And how do those of us who have not succumbed to hopeless suffering and stupidity, set examples for the rest? We read and heed what Kevin says in his book, on his TV infomercials, in his newsletters and at his subscription web site: naturalcures.com. While Kevin’s focus is on the food and drug industries as prime examples of anti-life corporate greed, he knows every industry and government is likewise plagued. But we must begin somewhere and personal health is that point. Love your self and then the rest.

Never have we had a champion of the people who makes more sense than Kevin. And never has the appearance of such a champion been more timely. Our corporate masters are poisoning our great grandchildren and we pay them to do it. Tell me how clever that is. Do you know why we pay them? We pay them because it is more convenient to pay than to withdraw our support and do business with people who give a damn about their neighbors. In fact, we often run such people out of town. We have a serious convenience addiction, custom made for us. We have claimed the slave mentality as our birthright and die defending that choice, whether in a foreign land or in our poisoned homes, workplaces and all points in between. America is like Snow White, enjoying that beautiful apple and drifting off to await the Prince. No, no, please don’t eat that apple! Ring a bell?

Kevin gives sound advice. If we don’t like it all, that does not matter. The point is, there is room for improvement in all our lives and by making small ones, one or a few at a time, all life improves. I owe that much to me and you. You owe that much to you and me. Read Kevin and see how easily we can retire this social debt and improve the world. If it sounds like a big job or goal, it is not. The smarter you get, the better I feel – and the better I become. That is what you want most, isn’t it? “Wisdom is the principle thing. With all thy getting, get wisdom.”

Law and Its Contempt

The contempt of court law in Chennai, India, is really an eye wash. Here no human can whisper about human rights because Chennai does not believe in freedom for the general public. The governments here are more inclined towards fleecing the public through deceptions. If anyone goes to courts with a contempt of court petition against anyone who has political pull it immediately becomes such a drama and spreads to all fields. Proof of that is my dismissed case. There was an interim injunction obtained and a contempt of court petition filed against a reserve policeman, the defendant. This was willfully overlooked by lawyers making us go in for an anticipatory bail just because the reserve police and his mother gave 2 separate complaints according to the police stations daily register. The judge did not bother to ask me if wanted to by pass the contempt. What rights do the courts judges and lawyers have to overlook the common mans sufferings just because it is a puppet in the hands of the unprincipled politicians and police.

The atrocities in Tamil Nadu where the police itself manipulate everything to pamper the politicians and fan their egos is considered THE way of life. This is clear when the one they target, come up in life. No one would expect anyone to be as cunning as the politicians and police put together. They do not do this work without the support of the misguided lot in the general public. Probably that is easy, because here people are divided in many ways. The more the divisions, the more the avenues for distortion of facts especially when all make sure that the victim is never involved in anything. Here people are divided in religion and caste. All the governments here love to run off to the religious playground using one player against the other while they are the spectators chipping in now and then to make or maintain rifts. No human can belong to all religions but we are all meant to love God as one and live on this one earth. So what if God has different names? Everybody has different names in one lifetime. everyone is a child, adolescent girl or boy,daughter or son, mother or father, niece or nephew etc etc. Our names change with each person we relate to. I have been blessed by being brought up by 2 mothers from 2 different religions. The one God has worked wonders through them without whom my prayers would have been incomplete.

Coming back to the time when we moved in to our new own premises; two men came with a roadside tailor demanding money. With the help of a lawyer a complaint was lodged in the police station where we learned that the 2 men were actually its constables. Then a reserve police uses the same station and becomes contemptuous of the law and I  went to the commissioners office for protection as the court was not in a mood of implementing the law.(it was too busy giving legal rights to my lawyer to by pass the contempt without my consent so I can be fooled legally) The legal courts have nothing to do with the police.They run separately. And yet, the common man cannot find justice from the law as it reverses its stand on its own dignity regarding contempt of court orders. I must say the words justice delayed is justice denied is another eye wash because if there is a case against the police or government the hearing of any contempt will be denied, case dismissed and all evidence overlooked even when the governments and police have nothing as evidence. This proves that India is in the hands of dictators and democracy is a needed hypocrisy dispensed off everyday as a formality. I can safely conclude that the police and courts are related – maybe like the politicians who bring in relatives and friends into their parties, the state and country like it is their kingdom and so have every right to continue the wrongful deeds without rectification of the old ones. It is so easy to push uncomfortable truths under the carpet. It is even more easier to suppress all opposition. No wonder the world faces global financial crisis, global terrorism, global warming and global discontentment.

Coming back to law, amazing how one judge issues an injunction making my case valid while another dismisses the same (are there different laws for different judges?) And to top it all the reserve police has been allowed to be contemptuous of the law  and i had to go in for a bail and ask the police protection against the police itself. The police seem to have been given rights to break the law until they are questioned by the layman whom they harass – if the layman does not ask for protection the police just continue harassing while if protection is given then the law washes its hands off rendering justice. No wonder no one believes in the law and democracy as the law makers become law breakers very slowly and meticulously. The dignity of law is clearly seen in the clashes in the law colleges in Chennai. Law is in the politicians hands. Are they related? Can the courts too like politicians say its better than the police department and politicians and turn a blind eye to all that is uncomfortable within its own premises? Has it given rights to politicians and police to be contemptuous of law? Can it turn a blind eye to the life long scar such delays cause to the affected party especially women who are harassed on all sides due to the courts negligence for 1 week or 1 year or eternity? If that is legal, then what of the dignity and safety of women, children and the commoner?

Bhuvaneswari Calambakkam

The Importance of a Criminal Justice Degree

Recently, interest in the field of criminal law has been on the rise. Aside from the excitement that this type of career offers, the importance of a criminal justice degree is also an attractive factor for many people aspiring to enter into the field. There are many different careers in crime enforcement, all of which offer the ability to contribute to the greater good of society.

There are many different opportunities for those who major in this subject. On the local level, there are different police forces to participate in. The state level offers careers in the court system, crime labs, and the narcotics bureau. A degree in law enforcement can be used on the federal level in divisions like the department of defense, trade commission, customs agency, and food and drug administration. There are also private sectors of law enforcement in which people can work for places like insurance companies, private detective firms, and security teams.

Crime enforcement is often a desirable career because it offers an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Many people take pride in the idea of taking responsibility for helping to uphold and maintain the law. Law enforcement is extremely important for maintaining order within communities on both small and large scales. Being a part important aspect of the legal system is very satisfying to some people.

When trying to obtain a career in law enforcement, an education is extremely important. It is extremely hard to get a good job in this field without formal training. There are some security jobs that will allow uneducated people to work for them, however, it is always desirable that every law enforcement official has formal emergency training.

With the need for crime regulation, it is easy to understand the importance of a criminal justice degree. The vast opportunities out there for law enforcement majors make this career a very attractive option. The ability to protect and serve citizens is an extremely rewarding feeling.