Suspected PAX Breach Code Thief Goes Fugitive

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Suspected PAX Breach Code Thief Goes Fugitive

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The 20-year-old man accused of trying to steal code for Atomic Games' Breach from the PAX East show floor failed to show up for arraignment in court - and a warrant has gone out for his arrest.

Okay, everybody, let's play "Bad Idea, Worse Idea!"

Bad Idea: Trying to steal the code for a game from a busy show floor at a crowded industry show, having earlier admitted to pirating Forza 3 and being banned from Xbox Live because of it.

Worse Idea: Failing to show up to your court date for arraignment for the felony you've been accused of above.

That's what 20-year-old Justin D. May did, Suffolk County District Attorney press secretary Jake Wark told Kotaku. For whatever reason, May missed his court date after posting a $200 bail, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Look, I certainly understand why a 20-year-old would be afraid to go into court after something like this, to face charges of larceny over $250 and buying, selling or receiving stolen trade secrets. That's scary stuff - the first charge carries prison time of up to five years or a $25,000 fine, and the second could earn you prison time of up to five years or a $500 fine and two years in the house of corrections. Anyone would be intimidated of going in to face something like that, guilty or no.

But that doesn't mean that you don't get to go. Maybe he's used to flagrantly defying the law for years and never getting punished as a software pirate. Maybe he didn't think they'd find him (he's probably played GTA of course, all he needs is to respray his car and a change of clothes and he's good)! Either way, this really doesn't make him look good. In fact, this just makes him look really, really guilty. And really, really stupid.

While he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, in the court of my mind? Well, let's just say I'm going to be referring to Mr. May as Guilty von Dumbass from here on out.

Update: Joystiq has his gamertag, and has noted that wherever he is, he's playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Well done, Guilty von Dumbass. Well done. What, you couldn't wait until after your court date to download the Stimulus Package?

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Not sure he could be any dumber. And he likely killed any chance that he was innocent of any of the charges, unless hes somehow completely unable to move at home...

Now placing bets that when he is caught, he comes up with a stupid escape idea, or claims that he never tried to skip the court date.

No words for this. Utterly stupid on this guys part.

Breakin' the law, breakin' the law! Breakin' the law, breakin' the law!

...sorry, couldn't help it. How deep of a grave you think this kid can dig himself in to? He's already gotten this far, how much further could he possibly go?

the dumbass tag is well deserved

Would an innocent man flee?

I know its scary, but if you really didn't do anything bad, they you have nothing to worry about.

I'm gonna call it, guilty.

As evident by John Funks previous article where the following happened;

But oh wait, it gets even better: The very same suspect was at a panel earlier at PAX East with Stephen Toulouse, director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live, during which he asked if he could please have his Gamertag unbanned from the service. When asked why he'd been banned, the alleged thief said that he'd played Forza 3 early - and as it turned out, it had been an illegally downloaded copy of the game, too.

This guys is just plain ignorant, how can you even go through life like that?.

I agree with the sentiments in this article. The kid probably freaked out when he realized that shit was about to get real, and made a very, very stupid decision. Not that I'm trying to garner any sympathy for the block-headed pirate.

this dude is stupid.

The evidence is incontrovertible! This case undeniably proves that pirating and playing video games will make your kids criminals!

Well, serves him right.
I really hope that the judges don't go easy on the guy.
Also, I really want Breach to succeed and occurances such as these may discourage some developers from showing their products on exhibitions.
This guy is truly a jackass.

Tempest Fox:
Breakin' the law, breakin' the law! Breakin' the law, breakin' the law!

...sorry, couldn't help it. How deep of a grave you think this kid can dig himself in to? He's already gotten this far, how much further could he possibly go?

Oh, there's plenty deeper to dig from here. He could buy (or steal) a gun, use it to jack a car, get caught in a high-speed car chase, crash and start a police shootout, and finally put a bullet in his own head. I'd say that's about the point where you hit rock bottom.

Guilty or innocent is not what interests me, that's for the court to decide. The question is how smart is it to run like this? Since it's not a major crime I doubt the authorities will go to great lenghts to track him down and if he's got a secluded basement in a dark corner of a large city to hide in, I can see him eluding capture.

What I'd like to know is how does he plan to live a remotely normal life with an arrest warrant hanging over his head? Any job he applies to will blow his cover and get him busted. Also, how long before statute of limitations hits on this? I'm guessing several years at least. So he basically has to stay off the grid for several years to get off the hook at this point.

I wish him the best of luck, but I have serious doubts as to his chances. He's a 20-year old trying to steal a computer game. I'm guessing he's not the type to pack up and go into the woods or blend into the dark underbelly of a metropolis...

Hmmm, not sure if he's a a thief or just a twit from reading this and the previous article. Will be interesting if we ever hear about it being sorted properly.

Breach... I wonder if it's going to be a remake of the old "Breach" tactical games from many years ago? which I personally believe inspired the "X-Com" series.

And BOOM! go 3 years of life.

LTK_70:
Oh, there's plenty deeper to dig from here. He could buy (or steal) a gun, use it to jack a car, get caught in a high-speed car chase, crash and start a police shootout, and finally put a bullet in his own head. I'd say that's about the point where you hit rock bottom.

Point taken, though I sincerely hope it doesn't come to that. Still, with how this guy's acted, it wouldn't come as a shock if he did. I really do hope it doesn't come down to that.

I have no sympathy for the kid, but, c'mon, a FELONY LARCENY conviction? Those never go away, they're the scarlet letter of modern times. For a game? Gimme a break.

Way to go brutha

fight the powers that be...

seriously, way to go bucko.

Irridium:
Would an innocent man flee?

From a case that he's going to loose regardless of his actual guilt because being tagged as "pirate" by the big corporations is a certain way of getting convicted for anything the corporate lawyers can be bothered to write down? I wouldn't blame him.

And this ridiculous one sided reporting on everything surrounding piracy has to stop. It is a highly debated issue and trying to pass off your opinion about it as a fact only makes you look like bigots.

ToonLink:
No words for this. Utterly stupid on this guys part.

Seriously. I hope they catch him and show him the full extent of the law! God nows he deserves none less!

Asehujiko:

Irridium:
Would an innocent man flee?

From a case that he's going to loose regardless of his actual guilt because being tagged as "pirate" by the big corporations is a certain way of getting convicted for anything the corporate lawyers can be bothered to write down? I wouldn't blame him.

And this ridiculous one sided reporting on everything surrounding piracy has to stop. It is a highly debated issue and trying to pass off your opinion about it as a fact only makes you look like bigots.

True, but considering he did basically steal Forza 3 just because he wanted to "play it early with friends" doesn't exactly help his case.

Wait, did I just contradict myself? Crap...

But still, he stole, whether it was Forza 3 or this, and stealing is a crime.

Asehujiko:

Irridium:
Would an innocent man flee?

From a case that he's going to loose regardless of his actual guilt because being tagged as "pirate" by the big corporations is a certain way of getting convicted for anything the corporate lawyers can be bothered to write down? I wouldn't blame him.

And this ridiculous one sided reporting on everything surrounding piracy has to stop. It is a highly debated issue and trying to pass off your opinion about it as a fact only makes you look like bigots.

We have an adamant anti-piracy stance here at The Escapist and make no apologies for it. How is being against crime in any way bigotry? Pirates are jerks, end of story*.

Besides, whether or not he's a pirate has nothing to do with him being an actual thief (allegedly) and a dumbass.

*I realize that there are some countries where piracy is pretty much the default option because the "legitimate" route is either tremendously infeasible or literally impossible. This is the only real "gray area" as far as I'm concerned. Yes, copyright law is extremely problematic, but that does not for a moment excuse the theft of something that people spent years of their life working on.

When your banned from Xbox live, is that just being excluded from multiplayer?

Just wondering how they're tracking his gamertag if he's banned.

Calumon: Time to bring in THE DAWG!*

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Imagine this in Calumon's Voice. It is quite funny! Here is Calumon doing something for those of you who don't know what Calumon sounds like.

What the...so instead of facing the possibility of a suspended sentence or probation, possibly even no charges at all (because seeing him and hearing him attempt to pull the game code is one thing, proving is another), he now faces a definite charge of attempted escape from custody.

Kid obviously has issues if he had to get away because of DLC for a game, methinks some rehab is in order, although he may get that being in jail at this rate.

Catkid906:
Calumon: Time to bring in THE DAWG!*

-snip'd-

Imagine this in Calumon's Voice. It is quite funny! Here is Calumon doing something for those of you who don't know what Calumon sounds like.

urge......to..kill...cute things.....rising....

all kidding aside, ATTENTION PIRATE SUPPORTERS: This guy is a dumbass, not only admitting he pirated a game, but then asked to get UNBANNED from XBL because he was playing a pirated game. ADD in the fact he tried to steal a games code at a convention and I think we have a candidate for Idiot of the Year.

seriously, I dont see how people can rationalize stealing games. even 'I just wanted to play it early with friends' line makes me want to punch him. you would think if you actually liked a game, you would support the developer and BUY the game so they have income to possibly make a sequel or extra content.

There is but one thing I can show to perfectly illustrate my feelings on this matter:

ColdStorage:
As evident by John Funks previous article where the following happened;

But oh wait, it gets even better: The very same suspect was at a panel earlier at PAX East with Stephen Toulouse, director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live, during which he asked if he could please have his Gamertag unbanned from the service. When asked why he'd been banned, the alleged thief said that he'd played Forza 3 early - and as it turned out, it had been an illegally downloaded copy of the game, too.

So, uh...I'm guessing that was a "no" on that request there?

I see two likely reasons for the bail-jumping:

1 - he's guilty and thinks he's better off on the run and/or doesn't understand the full consequences of his actions - he just doesn't realize how deep he's digging that hole.

2 - he completely forgot to show up. Unrealistic to think so? Maybe, but I know I've forgotten a lot of important things for no good reason.

...but I'm still betting it's not #2.

Edit: bonus contender #3 - innocent but too scared to show up anyway. Stranger things have happened.

Blimey:
There is but one thing I can show to perfectly illustrate my feelings on this matter:

It's not so much that the law won, it's only that Hackerman lost. Completely, utterly, and spectacularly.

Asehujiko:

Irridium:
Would an innocent man flee?

From a case that he's going to loose regardless of his actual guilt

Which is pretty much proven? I mean, you don't get much guiltier than

A) Having part of the game downloaded on your laptop
B) Having non-company eyewitnesses that say they saw you running cables between your laptop and the machine the game was on
C) Fleeing the scene when confronted and last, but certainly not the least (or most stupid)
D) Attempting to bribe the cops to let you go. Oh, and the not-showing-up-for-court thing probably wasn't the brightest thing either.

Sure, the company lawyers would probably take him to the cleaners, but them's the breaks when you try to steal shit from huge companies.

This dude says that he was only going to play the game (and let his friends try it out), but how do you know that he's not going to do the Mario and seed it to kingdom come? Because that, like it or not, was probably his intention.

John Funk:
How is being against crime in any way bigotry?

Because Legality=/=Instinctual Morality. With enough money, you can get anything criminalized. If I were to throw a couple of billions at the government of whatever country you live in to make staircases illegal, could I count on the escapist to provide a bunch of extremely biased pro-elevator articles without mentioning anywhere that they are pro-elevator unless somebody calls you out on it the comments? Of course not, that would be silly and so is this. Big media corporations have money in spades and repeatedly used it to push through laws that don't protect anybody except said corporations(and not the artists themselves) and if that fails, they bribe judges to convict people anyway. For example, the Pirate Bay trial. They were convicted for breaking a law that hadn't even passed(and it still hasn't). A law (still) being lobbied for almost exclusively by the same group that represented their "victims" in court, collected the monetary reparations on their behalf, provided the prosecutor, the judge that convicted them and the judge that denied their request for an investigation into the first judge about a possible conflict of interest. If you are pro law, media companies do not deserve your support.

Being a bigot is not having an opinion on the subject, being a bigot is having an opinion on the subject and passing it off as an absolute truth.

Asehujiko:

John Funk:
How is being against crime in any way bigotry?

Because Legality=/=Instinctual Morality. With enough money, you can get anything criminalized. If I were to throw a couple of billions at the government of whatever country you live in to make staircases illegal, could I count on the escapist to provide a bunch of extremely biased pro-elevator articles without mentioning anywhere that they are pro-elevator unless somebody calls you out on it the comments? Of course not, that would be silly and so is this. Big media corporations have money in spades and repeatedly used it to push through laws that don't protect anybody except said corporations(and not the artists themselves) and if that fails, they bribe judges to convict people anyway. For example, the Pirate Bay trial. They were convicted for breaking a law that hadn't even passed(and it still hasn't). A law (still) being lobbied for almost exclusively by the same group that represented their "victims" in court, collected the monetary reparations on their behalf, provided the prosecutor, the judge that convicted them and the judge that denied their request for an investigation into the first judge about a possible conflict of interest. If you are pro law, media companies do not deserve your support.

Being a bigot is not having an opinion on the subject, being a bigot is having an opinion on the subject and passing it off as an absolute truth.

I'm not going to disagree with you that copyright law is a horrendous mess right now, and that people getting sued for millions of dollars for downloading a song or two is messed up.

But regardless of whether or not the punishments are way out of proportion to the crimes (they are) or whether or not copyright law is seriously messed up (it is), that doesn't change the fact that piracy itself is morally wrong. You are taking something that people spent months if not years working on to create, and you are being a leech. You are taking peoples' hard work for free; and that is utterly and completely indefensible unless, as I mentioned before, you live in a country where it's otherwise impractical.

With very, very, very few exceptions, pirates are scum. This doesn't mean we agree with what's being done to curb piracy like draconian DRM or ridiculous legislation (have you seen our articles on the subject, ffs?) it just means that we vehemently disagree with piracy. This isn't a binary switch, dude. "If you hate piracy, this means you're 100% on board with what's being done to stop it." That's just a fallacy.

And our editorial stances on things is publicly available, dude. Don't say that we don't mention it anywhere if you don't look.

Asehujiko:

John Funk:
How is being against crime in any way bigotry?

Because Legality=/=Instinctual Morality. With enough money, you can get anything criminalized. If I were to throw a couple of billions at the government of whatever country you live in to make staircases illegal, could I count on the escapist to provide a bunch of extremely biased pro-elevator articles without mentioning anywhere that they are pro-elevator unless somebody calls you out on it the comments? Of course not, that would be silly and so is this. Big media corporations have money in spades and repeatedly used it to push through laws that don't protect anybody except said corporations(and not the artists themselves) and if that fails, they bribe judges to convict people anyway. For example, the Pirate Bay trial. They were convicted for breaking a law that hadn't even passed(and it still hasn't). A law (still) being lobbied for almost exclusively by the same group that represented their "victims" in court, collected the monetary reparations on their behalf, provided the prosecutor, the judge that convicted them and the judge that denied their request for an investigation into the first judge about a possible conflict of interest. If you are pro law, media companies do not deserve your support.

Being a bigot is not having an opinion on the subject, being a bigot is having an opinion on the subject and passing it off as an absolute truth.

You can't possibly be defending this guy's actions. You can't possibly be saying he was in any way, in the right to be stealing code from the show floor. You just can't be.

Susan Arendt:

You can't possibly be defending this guy's actions. You can't possibly be saying he was in any way, in the right to be stealing code from the show floor. You just can't be.

To be fair to Asehujiko I think he see's parralel's between what happened at PAX and whats happened to The Pirate Bay, clearly he's pro TPB.

The huge corporations he's talking about is the Music Industry with regards to TPB, not Atomic Games tackling defenseless nerds.

Basically he's using that case in this argument, which is wrong, but hey.

*shrugs shoulders*

Edit;
Update from Joystiq, they've messaged him on Xbox Live.

Update 2: Added details about prison terms and fines. The person using May's Gamertag signed off after we contacted them.

Now it might hit him that he's only making it worse for himself.

John Funk:

Asehujiko:

Irridium:
Would an innocent man flee?

From a case that he's going to loose regardless of his actual guilt because being tagged as "pirate" by the big corporations is a certain way of getting convicted for anything the corporate lawyers can be bothered to write down? I wouldn't blame him.

And this ridiculous one sided reporting on everything surrounding piracy has to stop. It is a highly debated issue and trying to pass off your opinion about it as a fact only makes you look like bigots.

We have an adamant anti-piracy stance here at The Escapist and make no apologies for it. How is being against crime in any way bigotry? Pirates are jerks, end of story.

Huh. That's fairly ignorant of yourself as well. Yes, you mentioned that countries that have funny copyright issues, but what about Old games? Is anyone who decides to get an Emulator for the Snes to play a Mario game a jerk as well?

*mumbles off about broad generalizations and how the piss this user off*
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This guy is an idiot. First off, he was stealing a game that otherwise it appears he would have liked to buy, and it's not for demo purposes as HE HAS THE GAME RIGHT THERE, right in front of his face to be played. That annoys me heavily. He should man up, and account for his damn actions.

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