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Gilbert man named in Web bootlegging

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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 7:34 am | Updated: 1:04 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A Gilbert man was indicted Tuesday on charges he participated in an international computer syndicate that bootlegged thousands of commercial software products over the Internet, officials said.

Kirk Patrick St. John, 34, is accused of pirating the software along with a gang of computer hackers known as DrinkorDie, according to the federal indictment. The grand jury charged St. John with conspiring to violate federal copyright laws and possession of stolen property.

After stealing software products and stripping them of their copyright protection, DrinkorDie would offer the pirated items on the Web, the indictment states.

From November 2000 through November 2001, the indictment charges St. John provided a site for DrinkorDie customers to download games, music, movies and other software.

Analysis of St. John’s computer equipment estimates that he moved hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of illegal software, according to court records.

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