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June 18, 2013 > Operators of alleged digital piracy ring arrainged

Operators of alleged digital piracy ring arrainged

Submitted By the Office of the state Attorney General

On June 14, 2013, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced criminal charges and the arraignment of three brothers, who face up to five years in prison, for operating an illegal website that allowed users to watch bootleg versions of copyrighted television shows and movies.

Hop Hoang, 26, Tony Hoang, 23, and Huynh Hoang, 20, all brothers, were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday, June 13 for allegedly operating the website which allowed users to illegally stream more than 1,000 copyrighted television and movie titles on computers and mobile devices. The three have each been charged with one count of conspiracy, four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft.

During the 18 months of the website's operation, the brothers earned approximately $150,000 in advertising revenue. Hop Hoang allegedly confirmed that the brothers generated traffic to the website through Google search ads.

The investigation was conducted by the eCrime Unit of the California Attorney General's Office, California Highway Patrol and REACT, a law enforcement task force located in Santa Clara, specializing in investigating technology crimes and identity theft. Charges in the complaints are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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