Feds Bust Massive Piracy Scheme
Indictments follow DoJ raids in Texas and California targeting large-scale operations.
The indictments follow the arrests of five individuals and searches of 13 locations in California and Texas on Oct. 6 as part of the Department of Justice's (DoJ) ''Operation Remaster''. The campaign targeted the large-scale suppliers of pirated copyrighted music, software and movies.
Operation Remaster primarily focused on replicators, the companies or individuals who use sophisticated machinery to create hundreds of thousands of copies of copyrighted works that are then distributed around the country.
Ye Teng Wen (a.k.a. Michael Wen, 29) of Union City, Hao He (a.k.a. Kevin He, 30) of Union City, and Yaobin Zhai (a.k.a. Ben Zhai, 33) of Fremont were charged in two separate indictments with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels, criminal copyright infringement, trafficking in counterfeit labels and aiding and abetting counterfeiting.
Wen and He were charged in a 10-count indictment. Zhai was charged separately in a seven-count indictment.
Zhai was released Wednesday on a $150,000 secured bond. Wen and He were released on Oct. 6 on $75,000 secured bonds. Their next court appearance is set for Oct. 27.