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#1 Aug 09 2011 at 11:27 PM Rating: Good
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Illegally copied video games net Saskatoon man a discharge, lost job

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By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenixAugust 9, 2011



An information technology professional has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and possessing proceeds of crime after twice selling “unlocked” video game consoles to undercover RCMP investigators.

Thousands of illegally copied video games were seized from the Boychuk Drive residence of Terry T. Heilman, 36, during a search last Oct. 7.

Heilman came to the attention of the Border Integrity Unit last fall after posting ads on Kijiji, an Internet classified advertising site, in which he offered to sell or modify video game systems so they would play illegally-copied Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Sega games.

Heilman’s admissions were part of a plea bargain that included an eight-month conditional discharge and payment of a $1,500 anonymous donation through his lawyer to the United Way.

The donation stands in lieu of a fine, which cannot be imposed in a conditional discharge, and its anonymity prevents Heilman from receiving a tax credit, said federal Crown prosecutor Crystal Ward.

Defense lawyer Tim Hawryluk said his client lost his job as a result of the criminal charges and has since taken employment earning $30,000 less per year.

“His professional reputation in the I.T. community has been tarnished,” Hawryluk said.

The RCMP began investigating in September after they were tipped off about the illicit trade. On Sept 28, 2010 an investigator bought a Nintendo Wii game system that had been modified to play games reproduced illegally.

The next day, the officer brought a new game system to Heilman, who modified it to allow it to play illegally downloaded games. He also told the officer how to burn other illegally copied games.

When the East College Park home was searched, RCMP seized more than 7,000 items which, if sold authentically, would be valued at more than $203,000, RCMP said at the time.

Heilman, who had no prior criminal convictions, will avoid a criminal record if he complies with conditions, including not using software to repeat the crime. He also may not possess any “unlocked” video game console.

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An information technology professional has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and possessing proceeds of crime after twice selling “unlocked” video game consoles to undercover RCMP investigators.

Thousands of illegally copied video games were seized from the Boychuk Drive residence of Terry T. Heilman, 36, during a search last Oct. 7.
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When the East College Park home was searched, RCMP seized more than 7,000 items which, if sold authentically, would be valued at more than $203,000, RCMP said at the time.

Sounds like he got off easy.
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#3 Aug 09 2011 at 11:47 PM Rating: Good
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What Joph said.

Tampering with and redesigning someone else's product, and then trying to make a profit off of it is pretty serious business.

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anyone stupid enough to sell hacked games gets what they deserve.
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This is, by far, the worst pirate I have ever heard of.
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This is, by far, the worst pirate I have ever heard of.


Seriously, Mounties are easy to spot. Were they riding on a different type of horse/moose to throw off suspicion or something?
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#7 Aug 10 2011 at 6:27 AM Rating: Default
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Here's a question.

Is it just as "serious" to BUY these illegal products. Are there "stings" to bust people buying modded systems?
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Maybe it's because I don't care enough to imagine why this is important on any level, but I find myself not giving a fuck one way or another. If anything I feel a little bad that he's taking such a hit to his income, but I assume that he's still making enough money to preclude any pity.
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Is it just as "serious" to BUY these illegal products. Are there "stings" to bust people buying modded systems?

Unless they can show some probable intent to resell, I believe they usually just confiscate the items and let your lost money be your punishment. I don't think they put a lot of effort into finding buyers, though.
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Almalieque wrote:
Is it just as "serious" to BUY these illegal products. Are there "stings" to bust people buying modded systems?

Unless they can show some probable intent to resell, I believe they usually just confiscate the items and let your lost money be your punishment. I don't think they put a lot of effort into finding buyers, though.
Now if only the government would stop focusing on busting and filling our prisons with the small-time buyers and focus on securing the traffic across the border instead!

Wait, what?
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I have a field full of counterfeit Xbox360 games in the woods behind my house.
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I have a field full of counterfeit Xbox360 games in the woods behind my house.

I just pictured you sitting in a wicker chair on your porch in a white linen suit, smoking a cigar and sipping iced tea, surrounded by burly men in black holding firearms while watching the laborers harvest game discs from the fields.
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It's a Tom Collins but, aside from that... yeah.
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#14 Aug 10 2011 at 10:02 AM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
anyone stupid enough to sell hacked games gets what they deserve.


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This is, by far, the worst pirate I have ever heard of.


This pretty much. I just thought it was interesting since it is the first case I've seen reported in Canada of someone getting charged for it.
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#15 Nov 23 2011 at 4:18 PM Rating: Default
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Actually I know Terry. We had been friends for about 4 years prior to this incident happening. I am lucky I was not caught and I have since stopped doing this type of thing. What the news does not say is that Terry only had a handful of PS3, Wii and XBOX games. They couldn't charge him for any "data" on his computers or the wii hard drives he used. About 90% of the games he had were for older gen systems like Sega Saturn and Dreamcast. He actually had EVERY dreamcast game made burnt to disk as well as Sega Saturn.

He did get off easy as he had told me at one time that he could be looking at up to 10 years in jail or more.
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About 90% of the games he had were for older gen systems like Sega Saturn and Dreamcast.


So he got charged for downloading games that the manufacturers don't even sell anymore? That's asinine.
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About 90% of the games he had were for older gen systems like Sega Saturn and Dreamcast.


So he got charged for downloading games that the manufacturers don't even sell anymore? That's asinine.


He was charged for illegally modifying current gaming consoles so they could pay hacked copies of the games. The nature of the various games he had sitting around in his home at the time they raided doesn't really affect that at all.
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#18 Nov 24 2011 at 3:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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Heilman’s admissions were part of a plea bargain that included an eight-month conditional discharge and payment of a $1,500 anonymous donation through his lawyer to the United Way.

The donation stands in lieu of a fine, which cannot be imposed in a conditional discharge, and its anonymity prevents Heilman from receiving a tax credit, said federal Crown prosecutor Crystal Ward.
This kinda jumped out at me. Giving to a good charity in lieu of a fine? I like it, to be honest.
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I like it, but I don't like that they can say "the law won't allow us to fine him? We'll make him give a donation instead!" That really seems to be working around the spirit of it.
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I think Crystal Ward sounds like one of the hacked games.

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#21 Nov 24 2011 at 11:18 AM Rating: Excellent
That's the wrong way to look at it though. They want to charge him a fine, but they don't want to give him a sentence that would give him a criminal record. The law would allow them to do this, but they prefer not to. That's a compromise I'd take in his place.
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This type of pirating warrants wearing an eye patch and showing up at the creator's doorsteps.
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am i the only one who doesn't care either way.

1. It doesn't effect me at all.
2. See 1.

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am i the only one who doesn't care either way.
There would probably be a lot more people posting in this thread if you were.
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i kno rite.
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Bitches Saskatoon don't know about my PSP.
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rdmcandie wrote:
am i the only one who doesn't care either way.

1. It doesn't effect me at all.
2. See 1.


Are there many threads in this forum that do affect you?
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Bitches Saskatoon don't know about my PSP.

Does now....
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am i the only one who doesn't care either way.

1. It doesn't effect me at all.
2. See 1.


Are there many threads in this forum that do affect you?


3, 4 almost but I got something in my eye and stopped reading halfway through so i can't say for sure.


Edited, Nov 28th 2011 10:15am by rdmcandie
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