Sep 13 - RNS Ripping Group Busted

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Sep 13 - RNS Ripping Group Busted
 

 
Feds bust world's most prolific music piracy ring
Posted in Crime, 10th September 2009 23:34 GMT

Six men have been accused of running the world's most prolific music piracy ring, an online crew federal prosecutors allege delivered more than 25,000 copyrighted albums, often before they were officially released.

As members of Rabid Neurosis, or RNS as the group was called, they tapped insiders at music retailers, radio stations, and CD manufacturing plants, who were able to get their hands on music titles before their commercial release in the US. In other cases, they turned to affiliates elsewhere in the world, who were able to supply music that was not yet available in America.

"These reproductions were done for the benefit of the members of RNS and other affiliated piracy groups, in that, by getting a reputation for providing pirated materials that were previously unavailable on the piracy scene, RNS members were granted access to massive libraries of pirated music, video games, software and movies," prosecutors alleged in court documents filed Wednesday.

The claim of personal benefit is important, since sentencing guidelines frequently require a showing that copyright infringers financially gained from their activities.
Wednesday's indictment, filed in US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, named Adil R. Cassim, 29, of Granada Hills, California, the alleged leader of the group, Matthew D. Chow, 28, of Missouri City, Texas, Bennie L. Glover, 35, of Shelby, North Carolina, an employee of a CD production plant, and Edward Mohan II, 46, of Baltimore.

Each was charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. If convicted each faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, in addition to a possible order to pay restitution.

Patrick L. Saunders, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged in August and pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of copyright infringement. James A. Dockery, 39, of Mooresboro, North Carolina was charged on Tuesday.

Chow, intends to plead not guilty during a court appearance scheduled for next week, his Houston-based attorney, Terry W. Yates, said. Attorneys for the remaining defendants couldn't be reached for comment.

According to Saunders's plea agreement, RNS willfully infringed more than 25,000 copyrighted titles during its decade in operation. Its first release was in 1996, with a copy of Metallica's Ride the Lightning, and its final official act was the posting of Fall Out Boy's Infinity on High in January 2007. In March 2006, an RNS member distributed Cassandra Wilson's Thunderbird album about a month before its commercial release.

"During its existence, RNS was generally viewed as the most successful internet music piracy release group in the world," the agreement, which was signed by Saunders, stated.

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Damn even though they have been gone for 2 years, the scene hasn't been the same and you really can't trust any of these others groups anymore. RNS=Official, and anyone who remotely knows anything with the scene knows it. Truly a sad, sad day...:sad34:

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 09-13-2009, 05:33 PM         #2
D3adlyHandSom3 
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Geez...
 9 years ago '04        #3
jeehtoven 51 heat pts51
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there goes our leaks...
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A.G 27 heat pts27
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I bet the founder doesn't feel half bad about being outed from the group anymore ..


But damn... as careful as they were to hide their a.sses I wonder what it was that did them in..


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 09-13-2009, 05:49 PM         #5
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Yeah it is def a sad day and if anything can be learned from their experience it's this: don't share music, support the artists legally.
 9 years ago '05        #6
bgj887 
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damn and rns is from years ago
 9 years ago '04        #7
mt fuji 17 heat pts17
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 jeehtoven said:
there goes our leaks...
man u can't even call these s**ts leaks......when that ripping group was holding s**t down back in the day albums would leak sometimes months in advance

not to mention the advance copies that used to drop before the retail.

man those were the days man
 9 years ago '04        #8
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f**k....my favorite group of all time

RIP RN$
 9 years ago '05        #9
JaiMega 
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I thought they were busted years ago.
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I thought they broke up a long time ago..either way they were legends in the scene game lol
 9 years ago '04        #11
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dam... these dudes ran it back in the day

rip:sad5:
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A.G 27 heat pts27
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 jewelz1132 said:
I thought they broke up a long time ago..either way they were legends in the scene game lol
They joined with another group but mostly stopped ripping.


And from what I'm hearing these dudes actually got done in by talking about scene s**t on AIM..
I don't know how credible that is but
 9 years ago '04        #13
Roastahoe 
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Rip R*S
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RNS is legendary. Hope they dont get too jammed up by all this.
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 jeehtoven said:
there goes our leaks...
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 Halftimee said:
Yeah it is def a sad day and if anything can be learned from their experience it's this: don't share music, support the artists legally.


i support them by spreading the word, going to shows, and getting merch.
you moralfags don't seem to understand: we support the artist. we don't support the RIAA.
 9 years ago '09        #17
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Been a long time since I heard anything about RNS.
 9 years ago '05        #18
Soprano ATL 43 heat pts43
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lol at buying cds to support artists... if i bought cds id just be supporting the major labels that r*pe the artists.
 09-13-2009, 07:29 PM         #19
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Leaks will always be there..the one homie that stated advanced leaks were the s**t..is right they were that is what will not come out as often as before..leaks will still happen..remember back when RNS and the scene was still some what unde the radar..s**t would come out not a week or days in advance but sometimes a month or 2.5 weeks before the release date..

The leader (who was kicked out as homie said) what was his nick name on MIRC? I think it was Havok or something..that dude was mad homo..thought he was on top because he was bootlegging MP3's LOL..they used to battle EGO..the other ripping group..
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A.G 27 heat pts27
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 dahurricaneg said:
Leaks will always be there..the one homie that stated advanced leaks were the s**t..is right they were that is what will not come out as often as before..leaks will still happen..remember back when RNS and the scene was still some what unde the radar..s**t would come out not a week or days in advance but sometimes a month or 2.5 weeks before the release date..

The leader (who was kicked out as homie said) what was his nick name on MIRC? I think it was Havok or something..that dude was mad homo..thought he was on top because he was bootlegging MP3's LOL..they used to battle EGO..the other ripping group..
Al Capone... He was a cool dude but he got kicked out cause he founded the group and didn't rip anymore.. So the current leader turned everyone against him and kicked him out...

That was a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago though.


Last edited by A.G; 09-13-2009 at 07:36 PM..
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