DJ Big Mike Arrested For Music Piracy

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 7 years ago '04        #21
persuazion 2 heat pts
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 N.O.4Life said:
n*ggas need to switch up their illegal transportation whips...lol.Why n*ggas always use Explorers to do illegal sh*t...lol.
they just the right size. Big enough to move something in but not to big to attract attention.
 7 years ago '07        #22
N.O.4Life 45 heat pts45
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 persuazion said:
they just the right size. Big enough to move something in but not to big to attract attention.
No trunk tho.So if the police wanted to search ur whip they can searh the whole thing without a warrant.
 7 years ago '10        #23
hungry01 4 heat pts
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damn...the mixtape era is over i guess
 7 years ago '10        #24
LORD PLISSKEN 15 heat pts15
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 7 years ago '07        #25
cankstoochie 48 heat pts48
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dj big mike is white?
 7 years ago '09        #26
trock34 93 heat pts93
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Em got him for leaking Crack a bottle
 7 years ago '07        #27
N.O.4Life 45 heat pts45
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 hungry01 said:
damn...the mixtape era is over i guess
Let's be real.We really don't need mixtape DJs anymore.Artist can put their sh*t out they self
 7 years ago '04        #28
biggz 31 heat pts31
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Banks finally got his revenge.
 06-15-2011, 08:25 PM         #29
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i bet these fools dont pay taxes from their mixtape income
 7 years ago '07        #30
N.O.4Life 45 heat pts45
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 I-NeeD-$$$ said:
yea but havin your tape hosted by a well known dj is a big help... these days you cant even give away a mixtape..
But more times than not they are jus annoying.I kinda like DJs on a tape but I can do without them.Plus No ceilings was str8 and it didn't have a DJ
 7 years ago '06        #31
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His mixtapes were dope till like 08' I kinda stopped fu*kin wit Big Mike
 7 years ago '04        #32
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why do people even still fu*k with this guy he been foul for yearrss
he had his site shut down by plies or his label (google that sh*t i aint 100 on who did it) awhile back for copyright sh*t mike is a known lurker of boxden on the net stealin web rips screamin on'em like its exclusive sh*t.



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 06-15-2011, 08:42 PM         #33
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I did a mixtape with Big Mike for my artist like 2-3 years ago. First of all the explorer is used simply for the delivery of mixtapes to outlets(barbershops, stores, malls, blah blah blah) its not what hes driving on a daily....He drives much nicer sh*t im sure.


Second of all this isnt about sh*t but artists putting their music out on tapes and labels arent able to get a cut of it....Mike gets his hands on alot of exclusives from artists that are simply slaves to their record labels and he puts them out....The label sees that as a problem.....Its one of the main reasons why he grew when Styles P and Jada were locked in label hell...he became their outlet.


He'll be out in a few days with a fine and he'll be back. its all good
 7 years ago '09        #34
NLSP42 153 heat pts153
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They still pressing up mixtapes
 7 years ago '08        #35
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Cutmaster C Did a mixtape calling big mike a snitch and french Montana was co signing him...


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and french still does mixtapes with him....
 7 years ago '04        #36
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i wish there was a dj clue smiley, jay z of the mixtape game
 7 years ago '07        #37
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 Get Familia said:
Didnt know Big Mike was a white dude!
word lol.i woulda neva thought
but on anotha note,they been investigatin this dude for 2 years and dont realize he only sells his own mix cd's
 06-15-2011, 11:25 PM         #38
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 karr153 said:
Get into the mind of a criminal and you will understand.
respect
 7 years ago '04        #39
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Surveillance teams poured hours into following suspects named “Little Mike” or "Big Mike,” also known as “DJ Big Mike,” trailing them for miles. Local police executed search warrants on three homes in Danbury, Bethel and Newtown, in addition to conducting numerous interviews with suspected accomplices.

This was some of what went into a lengthy investigation that began two years ago and culminated last week with the arrest of two brothers, Michael Willcox, 33, of Danbury and Stephen Sabato, 21, of Sandy Hook, on music piracy charges.

More arrests are expected, according to officials and an affidavit, which was filed in state Superior Court in Danbury and made available Monday.

The two brothers and their representatives could not be reached for comment Monday.

The arrest affidavit details a lengthy surveillance of Michael Willcox, also known as "Big Mike" or "DJ Big Mike" and his half brother Stephen Sabato, and their respective homes on Stetson Place in Danbury and Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook.

The investigation began with the Recording Industry a.ssociation of America, a trade group that sent its own team of investigators to conduct a surveillance of a suspected "burner lab" at 27 Stetson Place in Danbury where pirated CDs were alleged being made and distributed, according to the affidavit.

The trade group is comprised of record companies that create, manufacture and distribute about 85-percent of all legitimate sound recordings made and sold in the United States, according to the affidavit. Three investigators from RIAA began the surveillance in Feburary of 2009.

The investigators allegedly followed a 1995 Ford Explorer registered to Willcox from his Danbury home to a residence at 12 George St., Mount Vernon, NY, which was suspected of supplying the materials and equipment used to manufacture recordable CDs and DVDs, according to the affidavit.

The surveillance team said Willcox appeared to have no other employment, though he was recorded as the property owner of the Stetson Place home, according to the affidavit.

Through further surveillance, an RIAA investigator allegedly followed Willcox to a Queens, NY check cashing establishment and later bought two CDss from a stack he allegedly had seen Willcox bringing in labeled “Big Mike DJ Mixes,” according to the affidavit.

Later, another RIAA investigator conducting a surveillance on the Danbury home saw a suspect identified only as “Little Mike” carrying a handful of CDs into a Gulf gas station at 113 North St. in Danbury and when she went in she was able to purchase one of those CDs for $5, according to the affidavit.

The CD bought in Queens and the one bought in Danbury apparently held the same content and later examination showed they were pirated recordings, according to the affidavit.

A search warrant was then executed on the Steson Place home where Danbury police found about 3,500 disks suspected of containing pirated music and inserts to make about 40,000 items, according to the affidavit. Songs by Lil Wayne, Mya, The Dream and G Unit and other Universal artists were part of what was found, according to the affidavit.

Titles of the CDs that were seized included “Blue Label That was my joint,” “Hard Knock Life,” “New York Struggle,” R&B Jump Off 50,” “Red Apples Falling” and “Trapaholics.”

Danbury detectives then interviewed an a.ssociate of Willcox, whose name was a.ssociated with a post office box used by Willcox and whose name shows up on mail delivered to the Danbury house, according to the affidavit. The a.ssociate said the master CD was mixed at another home and then burned into CD-Rs intended for distribution at the Washington Avenue, Sandy Hook residence where Sabato lives with his and Willcox's mother.

Meanwhile, RIAA continued its surveillance through July of 2009 where its investigators said they allegedly followed Sabato to an establishment in Stamford and later purchased CDs for $5 that were determined to be pirated music, according to the affidavit.

Later, Newtown police execute a search warrant on the Sabato residence at 18 Washington Ave. where they found 383 CDs with pirated music and boxes that were labeled to contain burner towers, according to the affidavit.

While police were executing the search warrant, an investigator with RIAA was keeping a surveillance on Willcox's Danbury home where she allegedly observed them quickly loading brown boxes into a car and then bringing them to an apartment in Bethel, according to the affidavit. Later they allegedly were seen throwing out CD disk inserts, the affidavit said.

A search warrant then was executed on the 32 Durant Ave., Bethel home where hundreds of CD-Rs and several thousand disc jacket inserts were found, the affidavit said.

Also based on UPS shipping records for Willcox, the three companies that he used to distribute the CDs collected a total of more than $600,000 for UPS cash on deliveries made between 2007 and 2009, the affidavit said.

At some point, some shipping invoices also showed that an ESPN account was being used to ship materials but that had not been authorized by ESPN, according to the affidavit. An ESPN representative told authorities the company believed the shipping information has been passed around the disc jockey industry, according to the affidavit.

A Newtown police officer also apparently reported a conversation he had with Sabato and another man in 2008 where the two said they spent a lot of time burning CDs on behalf of Willcox. The report said that Willcox mixes 10 songs every month onto a CD, which costs $.20 to make but is sold at $3 each, netting about $30,000 a month.

Sabato is out on a $1,000 bond and is to appear Wednesday, June 15 while Willcox was released on a promise to appear June 21.




RIAA won't even let DJs press their own mixes anymore?

 06-16-2011, 08:54 AM         #40
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A Newtown police officer also apparently reported a conversation he had with Sabato and another man in 2008 where the two said they spent a lot of time burning CDs on behalf of Willcox. The report said that Willcox mixes 10 songs every month onto a CD, which costs $.20 to make but is sold at $3 each, netting about $30,000 a month.

wtf, REALLY.......cd's......not drug cartels, child molestation, murder.............cd's....3 dollar cd's at that ...really
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