Elite Torrents was a group of users that seeded movies illegally using the BitTorrent platform. The Feds shut down Elite Torrents in 2005. An Duc Do, one of the members of the group was able to avoid jail-time, but still faces a $15,000 fine, 3 years probation, and 400 hours of community service. An Duc Do graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University in 2005 and lost his job with Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) in this process.
Elite Torrents caught the attention of the MPAA when they started sharing Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith about 6 hours after the movie had it’s first screening. The movie was downloaded 10,000 times within 24 hours.
An Duc Do pleaded guilty to conspiracy and copyright infringement. Duc Do shared movies like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Flight of the Phoenix, and King Arthur from a computer server where 133,000 users had access to it.
“They [other Elite Torrent members] threatened to kick him out of the organization because he wasn’t
uploading as much as some of the other pirates were doing,” stated Floyd Miller, the prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia.
Previous defendants and Elite Torrent members Scott McCausland, Grant Stanley, Sam Kuonen, Daniel Dove face jail-time. All of these individual’s are in the early to mid-20’s.